The Watch Newspaper is reporting that Nate Soules, a longtime local was killed today in Telluride resulting from an avalanche in lower Bear Creek. He was wearing a beacon, an avalung, and an airbag pack which was deployed and punctured. Nate was 38 years old with a wife and young child.
The slide occurred in the Contention Slide Path in an area called The Fingers, a popular side country zone in lower Bear Creek accessed from a backcountry gate off Telluride’s Chair 9. Today’s tragedy is the 5th Colorado avalanche fatality of the season. We will continue to update this post as more details become available.
This is unfortunate, awful news and our thoughts are with the victims family, friends, and loved ones.