CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. — One person was killed and two others were rescued after an avalanche on Wednesday morning, Clear Creek County officials said.
According to the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office, a man and a woman went snow-shoeing in the area between Kelso and Torrey’s peaks. They had met another man in the parking lot who accompanied them.
All three were at about 12,000 feet when the avalanche happened.
According to deputies, the woman was leading the group across a “suspicious area.” When she turned back, a man behind her was caught up in an avalanche.
Both the woman and a man had avalanche beacons and activated them. She was able to use it to find the buried man after about 15 to 20 minutes.
The survivors tried to perform CPR on the victim, but they were unable to revive him, deputies said.
The name of the deceased man has been released as Christopher Thomas, 39 years of age, from Colorado Springs, according to Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.
Avalanche danger throughout most of Colorado’s mountain regions is currently rated at “moderate” or “considerable” by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.