FILE IMAGE – A mountain is pictured on the opening day of Breckenridge Ski Resort on November 13, 2020 in Breckenridge, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
A skier was killed and another was trapped when an avalanche was reported outside Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, ColoradoSaturday, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
The CAIC said the two skiers, who have been identified as a father and adult son, left Breckenridge Ski Resort through a backcountry access gate in an area known locally as of Numbers.
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This area, officials said, is a common place where people leave the ski resort and recreate in the backcountry.
The avalanche partially buried the father, but he was able to extricate himself from the snow. He couldn’t locate his son, so he left the area to find a place to get cell phone service, and he called 911 for help.
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Members of the Summit County Rescue Group, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Special Warfare Unit and a member of the Breckenridge Ski Patrol responded to the scene, and a team of rescue dogs Avalanche rescue found the missing skier, who did not survive.
Avalanche warnings are in effect. (FOX Weather)
Avalanche watches and warnings have been issued across the West due to heavy snowfall in the region.
Avalanche warnings include areas of Park City and Mount Pleasant in Utah, as well as Steamboat Springs and Aspen, Colorado.
An avalanche watch is in effect for certain areas east of Aspen and the Pagosa Springs area.
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