Snowmobiler killed in backcountry avalanche near Rollins Pass

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FRASER, Colo. (KDVR) — Update (Feb. 16): The snowmobiler who was killed has been identified as 58-year-old Michael Westall of Parker.

Original (Feb 14): The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) reports a snowmobiler was killed in an avalanche west of Rollins Pass on Sunday.

The avalanche occurred on an east-facing slope (above treeline) of Mount Epworth, CAIC reports.

Topographical map courtesy of CAIC

The snowmobiler got caught up in the slide and was buried underneath his sled on Pumphouse Lake, according to CAIC.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

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