A 23-year-old Durango man was killed Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2, in an avalanche about a mile and a half north of Gladstone.
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Peter James Carver.
A second skier, John Duncan Rothwell, 53, suffered a possible broken femur and a third skier, Nate Klama, managed to escape serious injury.
The slide reportedly snapped off trees up to 8 inches in diameter.
The avalanche was reported to the sheriff’s office at 2:53 p.m., but a report by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center estimates the time of the slide at around noon.
Three other skiers saw the slide and one of them went to the ski area to report it.
Ski area staff and Deputy John Jacobs responded and removed the body.
Rothwell declined a Flight for Life helicopter and was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center by ambulance.
A CAIC accident report indicates the three skiers approached the top of the Clothesline ski run off the Corkscrew Pass road.
The report said that two skiers first skied part way down the run then stopped behind a tree. The third skier, Klama, triggered the avalanche and was pushed up against a tree and partially buried.
He dug himself out and then helped Rothwell, who was wrapped around a tree. Klama helped Rothwell out of the snow. Rothwell was injured but still able to travel downhill.
The two conducted a beacon search and found Carver beneath five feet of snow. He had no pulse and was not breathing.
Carver, who was studying geology at Fort Lewis College, was the son of Bill Carver, founder and co-owner of Carver Brewing Co. in Durango.
Man found dead at Kendall Mtn. ski area
A 58-year-old Florida man was found dead at the top of the Kendall Mountain ski area Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 30.
San Juan County coroner Keri Metzler said Randy Rice, 58, of Zellwood, Fla., had apparently been snowshoeing.
He was found by ski area operator Malcolm MacDougall about 30 or 40 feet from the ski hut at the top of the ski hill.
The ski area was not open at the time.
Metzler said she cannot say what the cause of death was pending autopsy results, but she said there was no sign of foul play.
Rice was pronounced dead at 3:11 p.m.
“He probably hadn’t been there very long,” Metlzer said.
Rice was a friend of Scott Fetchenhier of Silverton.