Colorado man dies piece sport to backcountry lodge for 21st birthday celebration

VAIL — government say a Colorado man died piece sport to a popular backcountry lodge to meet some friends for a celebration of his 21st birthday.

The Vail Daily reports Paul Cuthbertson, an accomplished jock and lifelong resident of Eagle and Summit counties, left late Friday afternoon and was headed up the usual route to the Polar Star Inn, which is part of the tenth Mountain Division Hut Association.

He apparently deviated from the normal route at some point, and his friends started looking for him early Saturday morning.

Friday night’s weather was snowy and windy, especially in the area where Cuthbertson was sport. The Polar Star Inn is just below timber line on the west side of New York Mountain.

Eagle County medical examiner Kara Bettis has not discharged a cause of death.

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Information from: Vail Daily, http://www.vaildaily.com/