Avalanche kills backcountry skier in northwest Colorado

March 20, 2022 GMT
This photo provided by Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows the area of an avalanche, top right, that killed a skier on Saturday, March 19, 2022, near Steamboat Springs, Colo. Andrew Hyde, 49, a backcountry skier from Steamboat Springs, was found swept up against a tree and not breathing after the avalanche Saturday, according to a preliminary incident report for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. (Colorado Avalanche Information Center via AP)
This photo provided by Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows the area of an avalanche, top right, that killed a skier on Saturday, March 19, 2022, near Steamboat Springs, Colo. Andrew Hyde, 49, a backcountry skier from Steamboat Springs, was found swept up against a tree and not breathing after the avalanche Saturday, according to a preliminary incident report for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. (Colorado Avalanche Information Center via AP)
This photo provided by Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows the area of an avalanche, top right, that killed a skier on Saturday, March 19, 2022, near Steamboat Springs, Colo. Andrew Hyde, 49, a backcountry skier from Steamboat Springs, was found swept up against a tree and not breathing after the avalanche Saturday, according to a preliminary incident report for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. (Colorado Avalanche Information Center via AP)
This photo provided by Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows the area of an avalanche, top right, that killed a skier on Saturday, March 19, 2022, near Steamboat Springs, Colo. Andrew Hyde, 49, a backcountry skier from Steamboat Springs, was found swept up against a tree and not breathing after the avalanche Saturday, according to a preliminary incident report for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. (Colorado Avalanche Information Center via AP)
This photo provided by Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows the area of an avalanche, top right, that killed a skier on Saturday, March 19, 2022, near Steamboat Springs, Colo. Andrew Hyde, 49, a backcountry skier from Steamboat Springs, was found swept up against a tree and not breathing after the avalanche Saturday, according to a preliminary incident report for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. (Colorado Avalanche Information Center via AP)

ROUTT COUNTY, Colo. (AP) — Andrew Hyde, a backcountry skier from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, was killed in an avalanche northeast of Rocky Mountain resort town, authorities said.

Hyde, 49, was found swept up against a tree and not breathing after the avalanche Saturday, according to a preliminary incident report for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Routt County Undersheriff Doug Scherar identified him on Sunday, the Steamboat Pilot & Today reported. Efforts to retrieve the body remain underway.

The avalanche occurred when Hyde and another backcountry skier were on Forest Service land the Buffalo Pass area northeast of Steamboat Springs. Afterward, the second man, who the Routt County Sheriff’s Office did not identify but described as a local, called 911 and performed CPR while waiting for deputies and Search and Rescue to arrive.

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“He was doing CPR while he was on the phone with dispatch,” Scherar told KCNC-TV in Denver.

The man was still performing CPR an hour later when crews from sheriff’s office, search and rescue and the Colorado National Guard responded, the broadcaster reported. He was evacuated by helicopter.

The two men had snowmobiled into the Fish Creek drainage area before skiing through the backcountry, the sheriffs office said.

Fourteen other avalanche deaths have happened this season, including five in Colorado, the avalanche center reported.

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This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the Colorado jurisdiction where the avalanche fatality occurred. It is Routt County, not Routh.