Wolf Creek ski patrol director dies in avalanche | SteamboatToday.com

Wolf Creek ski patrol director dies in avalanche

Employee was ‘working to protect others’

Jason Blevins and Howard Pankratz/The Denver Post

The director of the Wolf Creek Ski Patrol was killed Monday morning when he was caught in an avalanche, according to a statement from the Wolf Creek Ski Area.

The release said the man, who was not identified, was killed about 7:45 a.m. “while working to protect others.

“To our great sadness, he did not survive.”

“Wolf Creek’s management and all its employees wish to express our deepest regrets at this loss of a wonderful man and close friend,” said the statement. “Our sympathy and condolences go out to his wife and two children.”

Wolf Creek remained closed Monday but will reopen today.

Early reports indicated the man died in an in-bounds avalanche.

Mineral County Sheriff Fred Hosselkus said he received a call for assistance from the ski area about 10:30 a.m. Hosselkus said he didn’t have any details other than there was an avalanche with a fatality.

Shortly after 11 a.m., the ski area posted this note on its online snow report:

“Wolf Creek Ski Area will closed today, November 22nd, due to the fatality of a staff member.”

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