“We are all deeply saddened to lose another husband, father and beloved member of our community in such a tragic event.” -San Miguel Sheriff Bill Masters
A skier who had been missing since Sunday was recovered 12 miles outside of Telluride Monday afternoon. KKTV reports the skier, who not yet been identified publicly, ventured into the backcountry Sunday morning with his dog and never returned. His dog was found at his vehicle later that day.
A search and rescue crew conducted an aerial search over the Matterhorn nordic trail system and found evidence of two avalanches in the area but weather conditions and avalanche dangers that required mitigation delayed searches on the ground until Monday afternoon.
The skier was found by a pair of avalanche dogs who alerted rescue crews to the missing skier’s burial location. He was found in a slide 300 feet wide by 600 feet long. The skier’s death marks the second to occur as a result of an avalanche in the Telluride area since Feb. 22.
READ COLORADO AVALANCHE INFOrMATION CENTER preliminary report here