SILVERTON, Colo. — Colorado experienced its first avalanche fatality of the 2018 season on Sunday.
A backcountry skier was killed in an area locally know as Sam’s Trees, between Red Mountain Pass and Silverton, according to San Miguel Search and Rescue.
The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Abel Palmer of Durango. Abel’s parents live in Ophir and Telluride, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said.
The northern San Juan Mountains saw up to 20 inches of new snow in a 24-hour period over the weekend.
The current danger rating is considerable at Level 3 and visitors should remain vigilant while traveling in the backcountry.
Natural avalanches are possible, while human-triggered avalanches are likely, according to Search and Rescue.