Body found may be that of missing skier

ASPEN – A snowboarder has found a body of a man in an area just out of bounds of the Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands, where a skier had been reported missing earlier this month.

Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said Wednesday that ski patrollers confirmed a body was in the area and called Pitkin County sheriff’s officials, who plan to remove the body today.

The person’s identity wasn’t immediately confirmed, but sheriff’s officials say the body appeared to be dressed in what 55-year-old Aspen resident and wine consultant Jeff Walker was wearing when he was last seen hiking the Highland Bowl on March 7.

Friends said Walker was an expert skier who frequently skied Highland Bowl.