Two skiers involved in a triggered slide on Mt. Trelease in Clear Creek County
The avalanche danger has been rated moderate on most slopes in the backcountry. Click on the image to learn more about the new rating scale in use this winter.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The early season snowpack in Colorado proved deadly for a second time, as a backcountry skier died after being buried several feet deep in an avalanche on Mt. Trelease, north of I-70 in Clear Creek County.
According to the Alpine Rescue Team, the slide was about 400 feet wide and ran about 200 yards down the mountain. The victim, 32-year-old Kyle Shellberg, of Golden, was uncovered by his partner, who attempted CPR on the scene.
In a short bulletin on the slide, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported that the victim may have been carried through a forested area by the slide. CAIC staff will visit the accident site Dec. 6 and post a full report on the center’s accident page.
The accident marks the second deadly avalanche of the season. Wolf Creek ski patrol director Scott Kay died Nov. 22 in a slide while doing avalanche control work in the ski area before opening the terrain for the public.
The second avalanche death of this season occurred Nov. 27 in Utah, when a snowmobiler died in the Uintas. Last winter there were 36 avalanche deaths across the country, including seven in Colorado.
The avalanche danger across much of the northern Colorado mountains has been rated as moderate the past few days, indicating a chance for triggered slides. Specifically, forecasters had been warning of isolated wind slabs on easterly aspects near treeline.
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