Last Friday, a 27-year-old man became the 20th ski fatality in Colorado this season. The skier was on a popular backcountry ski run on Buffalo Mountain, near Silverthorne, Colorado, after sliding about 1,500 feet down the steep gully. The victim 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 Summit County Rescue Group was also assisted by Flight for Life Colorado, the Summit County Ambulance Service, and Lake Dillon Fire Rescue. The cause of death is blunt force trauma.