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Backcountry skier killed in avalanche in Berthoud Pass

Posted at 10:35 AM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 08:44:04-05

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — A backcountry skier was killed in an avalanche in Grand County Saturday, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

The solo skier was buried in an avalanche in the First Creek Drainage of Berthoud Pass. Family members reported the man overdue, but had a good last seen point, according to CAIC.

Members of the Grand County Search and Rescue team worked into the night to recover the body. His identity has not been released.

This is the fourth death of a backcountry skier caused by an avalanche in Colorado this month.

On Dec. 18, a skier was killed in an avalanche on the northeast end of the Anthracite Range, in an area locally referred to as Friendly Finish west of Crested Butte in Gunnison County.

On Dec. 19, the bodies of two backcountry skiers were found buried in avalanche debris in an area locally known as the Battleship, southeast of Ophir Pass in San Juan County.

The CAIC is urging people headed to the mountains to exercise extra care in the mountains and pay special attention to the avalanche forecast.