CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2024/02/11 - Colorado - Anthracite Range, east of Ohio Peak

Published 2024/02/13 by Mike Cooperstein - Forecaster, CAIC

Avalanche Details

  • Location: Anthracite Range, east of Ohio Peak
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2024/02/11
  • Time: 12:00 AM
  • Summary Description: 1 skier caught, buried, and killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski


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


  • Type: SS
  • 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: N
  • Site Elevation: 11150 ft
  • Slope Angle: 45 °
  • Slope Characteristic: Unsupported Slope

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY (updated on February 13, 2024): A backcountry skier was caught, buried, and killed in an area of the Anthracite Range locally known as the Playground (east of Ohio Peak). The skier’s partners were able to locate and extricate him from the avalanche debris, but he died from injuries sustained in the avalanche. 

The skier was caught in a small avalanche that broke one to two feet deep above a cliff band. He pulled his airbag and was carried over the cliff. Below the cliff a deeper and much broader avalanche released. It broke on a layer of buried surface hoar two to three feet deep. The combined flow of debris from both avalanches carried the skier through trees and completely buried him on the slope below.

Our condolences go out to the friends, family, and everyone involved in this incident.

CAIC and CBAC staff visited the accident site on February 12, 2024. We will issue a full report in the next week.