CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2019/01/21 - Colorado - Green Mountain, Express Creek

Published 2019/01/21 by Ethan Greene - Forecaster, CAIC

Avalanche Details

  • Location: Green Mountain, Express Creek
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2019/01/21
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 1 backcountry tourer, caught, buried, and killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski


  • Caught: 0
  • Fully Buried: 0
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 1


  • Type: SS
  • Trigger: AS - Skier
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: R3
  • Size - Destructive Force: D2.5
  • Sliding Surface: I - New/Old Interface


  • Slope Aspect: NE
  • Site Elevation: 11200 ft
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

Preliminary Report: A group backcountry skiers staying at the Markley Hut near the town of Ashcroft were involved in an avalanche on January 21, 2019. One was buried in the avalanche. The group located and extricated the skier from the snow and tried to revive him, but their effort was unsuccessful.

Initial reports describe an avalanche on a north-northeast facing slope at about 11,200 feet, breaking 2 feet deep, 500 feet wide, and running about 600 vertical feet. 

We'll provide more information as it becomes available. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of everyone involved in this tragic accident.