Backcountry skier triggers avalanche on Berthoud Pass
WINTER PARK, Colo. (KDVR) -- Home video shot by a person in Grand County shows a backcountry skier accidentally triggering an avalanche.
According to the video, which was filmed March 18 on Berthoud Pass, the skier got caught in the avalanche and was buried up to his waist. He suffered a minor injury to his lower leg.
"There's a lot of avalanche danger," said Greg Foley with Grand County Search and Rescue.
Foley said the warm to cold weather Colorado has experienced has added additional layers of snow in the high country. The problem is, some of those layers are weak and when someone skis or snowshoes on them, they can accidentally trigger a slide.
"In 90 percent of avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim's party causes the snow slide," Foley said.
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Colorado has experienced four avalanche-related deaths this season, according to Grand County Search and Rescue. Nationwide, it's 25.
Foley said it's important for anyone exploring Colorado's backcountry to be aware of their surroundings, as well as avalanche danger. He said you show always take a shovel, beacon and probe with you.
This week, Foley said people should be on the lookout for wet snow avalanches. They're caused by rain and prolonged melting by the sun or warm temperatures.