A previous 'close call' in the Aspen zone just a day prior | Photo: CAIC
The location of the slide | Photo: CAIC

A backcountry skier has been caught and killed by an avalanche this morning near the Markley Hut just outside of Aspen, CO.

Related: 2nd Skier Buried In Taos Inbounds Avalanche Has Passed Away #RIP

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the slide buried the victim and although his partners were able to extract him, he was unresponsive. Attempts to revive the individual proved unsuccessful.

A previous ‘close call’ in the Aspen zone just a day prior | Photo: Dr Jon Kedrowski

Avalanche Details:

  • Location: Green Mountain, Express Creek
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2019/01/21 (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 1 backcountry tourer, caught, buried, and killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer

Accident Summary [CAIC]:

Preliminary Report: A group of backcountry tourers staying at the Markley Hut near the town of Ashcroft were involved in an avalanche on January 21, 2019. One was buried in the avalanche. The group located and extricated the tourer from the snow and tried to revive them, but their effort was unsuccessful.

We’ll provide more information as it becomes available. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of everyone involved in this tragic accident.  

Find the up-to-date avalanche report here: Green Mountain, Express Creek Avalanche 1-21-19

*Our deepest condolences go out to the victim’s friends and family

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