Skier Found Dead After Summit County Avalanche

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A Colorado man has been found dead following an avalanche in Summit County near Keystone Resort.

The Summit County Sheriff’s office said a 2,000-foot-long avalanche was reported at noon on Monday in a backcountry area south of the ski resort. Keystone Resort officials also confirmed the slide.

The man, who has not been identified beyond being in his 40s and from the Front Range, was unaccounted for immediately after the avalanche. He and a friend were skiing when they were caught in the avalanche; the victim's friend was able to dig himself out but couldn't find his companion.

His body was found just over 24 hours later following an intensive search by more than three dozen search and rescue workers, and four dogs.

Skiing in the backcountry is currently considered very dangerous due to the likelihood of avalanches after several days of heavy snowfall.

“Keystone Ski Patrol is constantly monitoring conditions and assessing the safety of the snow and regularly performs thorough avalanche mitigation across the resort’s in-bounds terrain,” resort officials said in a statement. “Anyone accessing the backcountry should consult the (Colorado Avalanche Information Center) avalanche forecast.”

We are working to get more information.