Emergency personnel responded to a possible avalanche on Wednesday, Dec. 11, with a suspected burial on Berthoud Pass on the Clear Creek County side of the pass.
The avalanche was triggered by three individuals from Tabernash around 1:30 p.m, at the southeast aspect of Russell Peak, west of the summit of Berthoud Pass.
Rescue teams suspected a fourth person may have been buried after they spotted a skier and two snowshoers digging and searching in the snow. But efforts were called off around 2:30 p.m. once teams realized the three backcountry travelers were instead searching for lost gear. None had been buried and rescue work wasn’t needed.
The avalanche was reportedly 300- to 400-feet long, with no report on the width of the crown.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center currently ranks the avalanche danger for the Front Range Zone as considerable (level 3) near and above tree line on all aspects and moderate below tree line.