Skier dies after avalanche near Steamboat Springs

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The Routt County Sheriff’s Office said two backcountry skiers triggered an avalanche in the Fish Creek drainage area on Saturday.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – A backcountry skier died after being caught in an avalanche near Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

According to a statement from the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, dispatchers received a report around 12:20 p.m. that two backcountry skiers had triggered an avalanche in the Fish Creek drainage area east of Steamboat Springs.

One of the skiers was caught in the avalanche, the statement said, and came to rest against a tree. He was unburied and not breathing when his companion reached him, the statement said.

The survivor performed CPR for nearly an hour as Routt County Search and Rescue and Classic Air responded, the statement said, but it failed to save him.

The deceased skier has been identified as Andrew Hyde of Steamboat Springs.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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