Crested Butte News is reporting that a skier was caught and killed in an avalanche in the Climax Chutes near Crested Butte yesterday morning.
The skier’s name has not yet been officially released, but reports are that the skier was a local in his 40s with extensive experience in the backcountry.
Report From the Colorado Avalanche Information Center
“Preliminary Report: Four skiers recreating on Mount Emmons, in an area locally known as the Climax Chutes, were involved in an avalanche. One skier was caught and injured in the avalanche. Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office and Crested Butte Mountain Rescue responded, but reduced their response based on avalanche hazard and the condition of the skier. The skier is presumed dead, but an official announcement has not been made.”