GRAND COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – An avalanche in the First Creek drainage area of the Berthoud Pass claimed the life of a tourer in the hinterland on Saturday. It was the fourth avalanche death in just eight days in upstate Colorado.
Two people were killed southeast of Ophir on December 19, and one person was killed near the Ohio Pass the day before. Saturday’s slide took place around 3 p.m. in an area known as the Chimney Chute, which is a steep, narrow, northeast-facing slope below the tree line.
Search and Rescue officials in Grand County said the victim was completely buried and died on the scene. The crews worked late into the night to retrieve the body.
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Despite a snowpack that is below normal, the avalanche danger in Colorado remains moderate to high due to a weak base layer. More snow is expected to fall between Sunday evening and Tuesday, which could further increase the risk in some areas.