Snowboarder dies in avalanche in Poverty Gulch area

A 29-year-old Telluride man died in an avalanche in the Poverty Gulch area Thursday, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

The avalanche happened south of Trout Lake, about five miles southwest of the town of Ophir, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

Around 3 p.m., Telluride Helitrax, a local heli-ski outfitter, was flying in the Trout Lake area and spotted evidence of an avalanche. The crew saw a single set of tracks going into the slide area but none coming out, the sheriff’s office said.

A search and rescue mission was launched while Helitrax began an aerial beacon search. The sheriff’s office said the Helitrax crew detected a signal and landed their helicopter. They then found a snowboarder who had been buried in the debris. He was buried two meters deep, according to the CAIC.

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