No one was caught in an avalanche on Berthoud Pass, Grand County authorities said Wednesday afternoon after search and rescue teams were called to investigate a report that two people may have been buried.
First responders searched the area by air and on the ground using beacons and avalanche-trained rescue dogs and confirmed that there were no victims in the slide, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet.
Rescue teams saw tracks that were near the slide area exit another location, the sheriff’s office said.
Dispatch received a report around 11 a.m. about a possible avalanche in the Current Creek drainage, which is on the west side of Berthoud Pass. First responders searched a snowfield above treeline, known at the “Postage Stamp.”
In 2016, a backcountry tourer was caught and partially buried in the Postage Stamp and in 2013, two skiers were caught. All three survived.
The sheriff’s office, Grand County Search & Rescue, EMS and Winter Park’s Ski Patrol Dog Team responded.
So far this year, six backcountry travelers have been killed in avalanches this season, including three snowshoers.
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