Biker Killed In Avalanche ID'd As Woodland Park Resident

The deadly avalanche in Chaffee County (Credit: CAIC via KCNC)

A winter mountain biker was killed when he got caught in the path of an avalanche.

The rider was identified Saturday as 58-year-old Ron Brabander of Woodland Park.

The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office says the "very large avalanche" happened in Cottonwood Pass Friday, where Brabander had been riding. Brabander was near Lost Lake when he was swept up in the 1 and 1/4-mile-wide avalanche.

Snowmobilers in the area rushed to help after hearing the avalanche, but didn't see any signs of victims. It wasn't until later that a county search-and-rescue team, who had been training in the area, spotted a snow bike ski tip sticking out of the snow. The rescuers soon found Brabander, buried in the snow. After attempting CPR, Brabander was pronounced dead at the scene.