Colorado Sees First Avalanche Fatality Of The 2015-2016 Season In Crested Butte

Jan 22, 2016

Colorado has seen its first avalanche fatality of the season.

Officials say on Thursday afternoon, snowmobilers riding in the Ruby Range west of Crested Butte triggered the avalanche.  

The avalanche in the Ruby Range west of Crested Butte buried a snowmobiler who later died from his injuries.
Credit Colorado Avalanche Information Center

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says one of the riders was 'caught and buried' on a day ranked considerable for danger. 

"Unfortunately, as a result of that, one individual was trapped in the slide and later died as a result of his injuries," says Marjorie Trautman with Crested Butte Police Department. 

She says 32-year-old Daniel Bradley Sethness, who went by Brad, was from Crested Butte.

"In our small community [these situations do] happen. Being out in the wilderness here, we do have some risks that many people don’t necessarily encounter on a daily basis maybe living near a big city."

This is state’s first avalanche fatality of the 2015-2016 season. Last year, in Colorado three people died in avalanches.