Snowmobiler: Avalanche claims life


By Michael Le Roux

Special to The SUN

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., Archuleta County Emergency Management, along with Upper San Juan Search and Rescue, assisted Mineral County in a search for a snowmobile rider who triggered a backcountry avalanche near Tucker Ponds Road.

In whiteout conditions, snowmobile and dog teams from Archuleta County and Wolf Creek Ski Patrol, and Rio Grande and Mineral counties, located the subject around 11 p.m. The snowmobiler died in the avalanche. The victim’s identity was not released.

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