On Friday February 5th at approximately 11:00 AM a rider on a motorized snow bike was caught in an avalanche south of Cottonwood Pass. The avalanche released on an east-facing, above-treeline slope. The rider was buried with part of one boot sticking out of the snow. Another group riding in the area alerted members of Chaffee County Search and Rescue, who were training in the area. Chaffee County Sheriff's office and Colorado Parks and Wildlife also responded to the site. The rider was buried under about six feet of snow. He was extricated, but did not survive the burial.
CAIC staff visited the site on the afternoon of February 5th. We'll publish a complete report as soon as possible. Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the rider.