CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2022/03/19 - Colorado - North Fork of Fish Creek, near Steamboat Springs

Published 2022/03/20 by Ethan Greene - Forecaster, CAIC

Avalanche Details

  • Location: North Fork of Fish Creek, near Steamboat Springs
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2022/03/19
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 1 skiers caught, partially buried critical, and killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski


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


  • Type: --
  • Trigger: AS - Skier
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: R2
  • Size - Destructive Force: D2
  • Sliding Surface: O - Within Old Snow


  • Slope Aspect: NW
  • Site Elevation: 9900 ft
  • Slope Angle: 38 °
  • Slope Characteristic: Sparse Trees

Accident Summary

Preliminary Report: Two backcountry skiers were involved in an avalanche on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at approximately 12:20 PM. The accident occurred in the North Fork of Fish Creek drainage, northeast of Steamboat Springs. Skier 1 was caught in the avalanche and came to rest against a tree. He was not breathing when his companion reached him. Skier 2 performed CPR for close to an hour as the Routt County Sheriff's Office, Routt County Search and Rescue, and Classic Air responded to the scene. CPR was not successful. Classic Air evacuated Skier 2 via helicopter, and efforts to retrieve Skier 1 are underway.

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the people involved in this tragic accident.

CAIC staff will visit the accident site on Sunday, March 20, and we'll publish a final report in the next week.