By Logan Smith

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center have confirmed the state’s 10th avalanche fatality this winter following a snowmobiler’s death Saturday. Details are preliminary at this time.

In a short Facebook post, the CAIC described the accident occurring on the east face of 11,843-foot Mount Epworth, just west of the Continental Divide and Rollins Pass. The slide began above treeline.

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“When the avalanche stopped, the snowmobiler was buried underneath his sled on Pumphouse Lake,” the post stated.

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Other information was not made available.

It was the second death to occur Saturday. A snowboarder was killed when a large slide released on the southern slope of Mount Trelease in the morning.

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CAIC statistics already have this year’s total the fourth-highest number of fatalities on record (online statistics starting at 19510. Twelve people perished in Colorado avalanches in 1993 and 11 people died in 1987 and 2013.

Logan Smith