Team recovers body of Aspen avalanche victim |

Team recovers body of Aspen avalanche victim

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Janet Urquhart/The Aspen TimesMountain Rescue Aspen members retrieve the body of Adam Brady Dennis Tuesday morning. The team descends toward Maroon Creek, southwest of Aspen.

ASPEN – Members of Aspen Mountain Rescue on Tuesday retrieved the body of Aspen resident Adam Brady Dennis, who was killed in an avalanche Monday.

Rescue team members climbed the steep terrain on the east side of Maroon Creek Road to access the chute where Dennis’ body remained, using an aluminum ladder to bridge the creek. The chute empties into the Maroon Creek Valley about 2.5 miles above T-Lazy-7 Ranch and about a half-mile above the Forest Service visitor station along the road. The road, unplowed beyond the ranch during the winter, extends southwest from Aspen to Maroon Lake.

The first Mountain Rescue team left T-Lazy-7 via snowmobile at about 6:30 a.m. The recovery was complete shortly after 10:30 a.m.

Dennis was among five people who were skiing the backcountry, outside the Aspen Highlands ski area boundary, on Monday. According to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, the avalanche occurred in South Maroon Bowl, on the west side of Highlands ridge. Dennis, 38, was reportedly the last of the five skiers to descend.

His companions located Dennis after the avalanche, but attempts to revive him using CPR were unsuccessful, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities were notified of the incident at about 2:45 p.m. Officials with the sheriff’s office and Mountain Rescue decided the slope remained too unstable to launch a recovery effort Monday afternoon.

Tuesday’s recovery operation began at first light, after the snowpack had firmed up over night.

For more on Dennis, a self-employed photographer who also worked in the local hospitality industry, see Wednesday’s Aspen Times.

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