Skier dies in Clear Creek County avalanche
December 5, 2010
GEORGETOWN, Colo. – A backcountry skier in Clear Creek County dug a companion from a 15-foot-deep avalanche and performed CPR for 45 minutes in vain Sunday afternoon.
The dead man’s name nor the name of the survivor were released. The survivor was taken to a hospital with a leg injury after the slide about 1 p.m. at Dry Gulch north of Interstate 70 near exit 216.
“They were skiing and triggered an avalanche,” said Bill Barwick, spokesman for the Alpine Rescue Team, which was assisted by the ski patrol from nearby Loveland Ski Area.
The avalanche was about 500 feet wide and ran for about 200 yards. Barwick did not know how deep in the 15-foot slide the dead man was buried, but said his injured skiing companion managed to find him, dig him out and attempt to resuscitate him.
“An emergency room doctor apparently was up there, and pronounced him dead,” Barwick said.
The fatality marked the third U.S. avalanche death this snow season, with two of them in Colorado so far.