Backcountry skier killed in avalanche northwest of Red Mountain Pass, 1st death of 2019 in Colorado

Posted at 11:42 AM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-06 20:11:34-05

OURAY COUNTY, Colo. -– A backcountry skier was killed in an avalanche northwest of Red Mountain Pass over the weekend, officials with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said Sunday.

The skier, who has not been identified, was with a group comprised of about five people at the time of the slide in the upper Senator Beck Basin, a deputy with the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office told Denver7 late Saturday.

The incident was first reported to authorities between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Authorities said the body had been found but had not yet been recovered due to low light and ongoing slides in the area. Officials also said recovery would be difficult over the weekend as a storm system moves through the state on Sunday, dropping up to 12 inches of snow in the mountains.

Avalanche conditions remain dangerous for the San Juans and the Grand Mesa, Aspen and Gunnison areas.

No other information from the incident was immediately available.