CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A man has died after getting caught in an avalanche Sunday afternoon.

The 400- to 500-feet wide slide happened in the Dry Gulch area around 1 p.m. Another man was buried but survived. He was flown to a Denver area hospital to be treated for a leg injury.

The two men were backcountry skiing.

Avalanche conditions were at moderate risk on Sunday.

“The conditions were moderate. Specifically triggered slides were possible in that area. They apparently triggered one and this is the result,” Bill Barwick with the Alpine Rescue Team said.

The initial report of the slide came in from a witness who was in the area taking pictures. The witness is a former emergency room doctor. He reportedly sat with the survivor until rescue crews came.

The survivor dug himself out and also dug his friend out. He performed CPR on his friend but couldn’t revive him.

It was the second deadly avalanche in Colorado this season. Eight people died in 2009.


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