CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2023/04/29 - Colorado - Bald Mountain, southeast of Breckenridge

Published 2023/04/30 by Ethan Greene - Forecaster, CAIC

Avalanche Details

  • Location: Bald Mountain, southeast of Breckenridge
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2023/04/29
  • Time: 12:00 AM
  • Summary Description: 1 backcountry skier caught, buried, and killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski


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


  • Type: --
  • Trigger: --
  • Trigger (subcode): --
  • Size - Relative to Path: R1
  • Size - Destructive Force: D2
  • Sliding Surface: --


  • Slope Aspect: E
  • Site Elevation: 13200 ft
  • Slope Angle: 40 °
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY REPORT: A solo skier was caught, buried, and killed in a small but long-running avalanche. The avalanche started at about 13,200 feet on an east-facing slope. It ran approximately 1,300 feet. The avalanche began in dry, wind-drifted snow and entrained wet snow in the track of the avalanche path. Summit County Sheriff's deputies, Summit Rescue Group, and Flight for Life all responded and performed a search and recovery in the late evening hours of April 29 and early morning hours of April 30.  

CAIC staff will visit the site on April 30 and publish more details as they become available. We will issue a full report next week. 

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.