PRELIMINARY: On February 25, 2023, two backcountry tourers were reported overdue from a trip near Vallecito Reservoir. La Plata County Sheriff's Office began a search. Just before midnight, a Flight For Life helicopter saw an avalanche southeast of the reservoir with tracks entering the avalanche and none exiting. La Plata County Search and Rescue found both skiers buried about four feet deep in avalanche debris.
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, February 26, and we will publish a final report in the next week.