ASPEN, Colo. (KDVR) — The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said one person was killed in an avalanche outside Aspen Highlands Sunday afternoon.
According to the sheriff’s office, the avalanche occurred in the Maroon Bowl area of Highland Peak outside the ski boundary of Aspen Highlands where two others self-extricated. Rescue teams were working to get them out of the area.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said “Maroon Bowl is a steep northwest-facing slope in the near treeline elevation band. The avalanche broke about 200 feet wide and ran approximately 5,000 vertical feet.”
The sheriff’s office told FOX31 that crews were actively responding to the area but could not confirm if anyone was involved in the avalanche early afternoon Sunday.
The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office identified the man killed as 54-year-old Gábor Házas from Budapest, Hungary.
Skier killed in avalanche outside Marble
Joel Thomas Shute, 36, was buried in an avalanche southwest of the Town of Marble in Upper Rapid Creek on Friday. His body was recovered by search crews on Saturday.
He was with two other men who were rescued. One was taken out by helicopter and the other was able to dig himself out and was transported out by ambulance.
Shute was the eighth person who has been killed in an avalanche this season.