Two Skiers Caught, One Killed, In Loveland Pass Avalanche

From The Associated Press: GEORGETOWN, Colo. — An avalanche killed a man and injured another in a popular backcountry skiing area off of Interstate 70 near the Continental Divide.

Bill Barwick of the Alpine Rescue Team says the slide around 1 p.m. Sunday occurred in the Dry Gulch area near I-70 and U.S. 6. A witness saw an avalanche bury the skiers and rushed to their aid. Both men were equipped with avalanche survival equipment, including shovels, probe poles and transceivers.

One man, who suffered a leg injury, managed to dig himself out and was performing CPR on his skiing partner, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Denver Post is reporting the victim’s identity as Kyle Shellberg, 32, of Golden, and the injured partner as Justin Latici, 31, also of Golden. The slide was 15-feet deep and 500 feet wide, according to The Post; the avalanche ran for about 200 yards.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says three people have died in the U.S. since Nov. 1, including a Wolf Creek Ski Area ski patroller Nov. 22 and a Utah snowmobiler Nov. 26.

Denver Post
Colorado Avalanche Information Center