Backcountry skier killed in Colorado avalanche

The snow slide occurred near Sheriff’s Reservoir in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area in Garfield County.

CBS Denver

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. -- Three backcountry skiers were caught in an avalanche in Colorado’s Garfield County on Tuesday afternoon, CBS Denver reports.

One did not survive and one skier escaped and was able to get help. A search for a third skiier continues.

“In the area of the avalanche, rescuers located a male deceased,” Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. 

Rescuers further searched the area and “located the other party who was tired and not injured,” the post said.

AVALANCHE MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday FEB 14, 2017 5:31 p.m. Information Contact: Undersheriff Brice Glasscock ...

Posted by Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The snow slide occurred near Sheriff’s Reservoir in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area in Garfield County.

The incident marked the first fatal slide this season in Colorado, reports CBS Denver’s Matt Kroschel