Snowmobiler found dead in avalanche outside Crested Butte |

Snowmobiler found dead in avalanche outside Crested Butte

Kelsey Fowler

A snowmobiler is dead after avalanches swept through the Rocky Mountains on Monday, Feb. 10.

The person was killed in a large avalanche near Kebler Pass outside Crested Butte, according to Gunnison County coroner Frank Vader. This was the ninth avalanche-related death nationally this winter. Another snowmobiler was buried, but was able to escape.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) reports the Kebler Pass slide happened on a south- to southeast-facing slope below treeline. The slide was about 600 feet wide, and ran about 750 vertical feet at depths of two to five feet. Debris at the bottom was piled up to 20 feet deep.

A backcountry skier was also found dead Summit County after an avalanche. Both slides happened on a day the CAIC had issued a special backcountry avalanche warning. According to the CAIC, the current avalanche danger rating is high. Avalanche conditions are considered very dangerous and travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.

This story will be updated with more information when it becomes available.

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