CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2020/04/15 - Colorado - Point 12885 near Red Peak, west of Silverthorne

Published 2020/04/16 by Ethan Greene - Forecaster, CAIC

Avalanche Details

  • Location: Point 12885 near Red Peak, west of Silverthorne
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2020/04/15
  • Time: 12:00 AM
  • Summary Description: Two backcountry tourers caught, one killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski


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


  • Type: --
  • Trigger: --
  • Trigger (subcode): --
  • Size - Relative to Path: --
  • Size - Destructive Force: --
  • Sliding Surface: --


  • Slope Aspect: N
  • Site Elevation: 12600 ft
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: Gully/Couloir

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY REPORT: A group of three backcountry tourers were involved in an avalanche near Red Peak in the Gore Range, west of the town of Silverthorne. The group ascended to the east summit of Red Peak (point 12,885'). They began their descent of a couloir on the north side of point 12,885'. During the descent they triggered a small avalanche. The avalanche swept one of the riders through the couloir and to the valley below. 

Summit County Rescue Group and the Summit County Sheriff's Office responded. CAIC staff will visit the site and we'll publish more information as it become available.