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Backcountry skier killed in avalanche near Cameron Pass in Larimer County

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Posted at 8:38 PM, Dec 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 07:17:34-05

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A 29-year-old backcountry skier died Sunday after she was caught up in an avalanche near Cameron Pass, according to a news release from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman was with other skiers on south Diamond Peak when the avalanche was triggered. Other members of her party had dug the skier out and called for help, the sheriff’s office said.

Larimer County first responders received a 911 call about the incident around 2:45 p.m.

The skier, a Fort Collins woman whose identity has yet to be released, was not breathing after the avalanche.

She was declared deceased at the scene, and her body was recovered from the mountainside, the release read.

The avalanche was described as 2 to 3 feet deep, very wide, and running close to 500 feet vertically, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

The south Diamond Peak incident marks the first avalanche death of the season in Colorado, the CAIC said.