Skier buried in avalanche near Jones Pass pronounced dead at hospital

JONES PASS, Colo. -- A backcountry skier was buried and killed in an avalanche near Jones Pass Thursday, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

The slide happened just before 2 p.m. CAIC did not offer any specific trigger of the avalanche.

The Clear Creek Sheriff's Office was notified of the avalanche by radio. The skier was located and taken to the trailhead. Emergency responders then took the victim to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Avalanche danger remains extremely high in the mountains; our Pinpoint Weather team is tracking the conditions that contribute to natural slides.

Powder Addiction Snowcats posted an announcement on Facebook, noting that the man who died in the avalanche was Hans Berg, an employee of the company.

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