Snowboarder identified who was killed in avalanche on Berthoud Pass |

Snowboarder identified who was killed in avalanche on Berthoud Pass

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is warning backcountry goers to stay safe as the state enters a period of dangerous conditions.

Marissa Solomon
Monday's avalanche that killed a snowboarder on Berthoud Pass is pictured on Dec. 26, 2022.
Colorado Avalanche Information Center/Courtesy photo

GRAND COUNTY — The snowboarder who was killed Monday in an avalanche on Berthoud Pass has been identified as Brian Bunnell, 44, of Lakewood.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office said four people were caught in the avalanche, and two were buried. Bystanders and family members were able to rescue one of the buried people, but the other didn’t survive.

The avalanche was on the west side of the pass near Winter Park, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office,.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the avalanche was at 11,500 feet in an area locally known as Nitro Chute. It was near where another snowboarder triggered a separate avalanche at around the same time. No one was injured or killed in that avalanche.

The Grand County coroner’s office on Friday identified Bunnell the victim.


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