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Colorado: Backcountry skier dies on Buffalo Mountain

A Google maps view from directly above the summit of Buffalo Mountain shows the Silver Couloir as a deep cleave on the mountain's northeast flank.

Long slide ends in deadly collision with rocks

By Summit Voice

* Ipsen’s brother posted this account of the accident.

SUMMIT COUNTY — A 27-year-old man died Friday (March 30) on a popular backcountry ski run on Buffalo Mountain, near Silverthorne, Colorado, after sliding about 1,500 feet down the steep gully.

Jeff Ipsen, of Denver, was skiing the Silver Couloir with his brother and two friends when he apparently fell, eventually colliding with some rocks in the narrow gully.

According to the Summit County Coroner’s Office, Tim Brown, a forecaster with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center was skiing in the same area when the accident occurred. Brown said the accident was not the result of an avalanche.

According to the coroner’s office, 36 members of the Summit County Rescue Group were called to try and evacuate the injured skier and the rest of the party. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was in progress when rescuers arrived on scene.  The cause of death is blunt force trauma.

The Summit County Rescue Group  was also assisted by Flight for Life Colorado, the Summit County Ambulance Service, and Lake Dillon Fire Rescue.

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