Tragic news out of Colorado where a snowboarer was killed Monday in an avalanche west of Berthoud Pass. CBS Colorado reports rescue crews responded to the scene around 1:30 p.m. The slide occurred in the slopes immediately to the west of Berthoud Pass. Several burials were reported at the time.
Rescuers learned four people were caught in the avalanche. Two of them were buried. Bystanders located and dug out one person.
“The second subject was located and unfortunately – despite bystander resuscitation efforts- was determined deceased.” –Grand County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson, Erin Opsahl
The 44-year-old man was pronounced at the scene. According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center CAIC initial report, he was snowboarding and the person who triggered the slide.
CAIC has not released a full incident report yet and we will be sure to update as additional information becomes available. Our thoughts are with the deceased snowboarder’s family and friends.
A snowboarder triggered an avalanche on Berthoud Pass Monday and was caught and killed. This fatal avalanche was on a slope very near where another snowboarder triggered a similar avalanche around the same time. Conditions are similar across much of the Northern and Central Mountains on Tuesday. This is a tragic reminder that you can trigger a dangerous avalanche on many wind-loaded slopes steeper than about 30 degrees. Our sincere condolences to all the friends and family of the deceased.