Man missing after backcountry avalanche near Keystone

(Photo: MGN Online)

(Photo: MGN Online)

KEYSTONE, Colo. — A skier went missing after an avalanche in the backcountry area south of Keystone Ski Resort Monday.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the avalanche happened around noon. Two skiers were caught in it.

One of the skiers was able to get out of the avalanche okay. A second, a 4-year-old man, has not been seen since, said Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy LeClair.

A search and rescue group worked till 6 p.m. Monday to find the missing skier. They used probes to push down through the snow and find the missing man.

The search with about 40 people and four search dogs will resume Tuesday when avalanche mitigation work is completed, LeClair said.

The avalanche debris field was reportedly around 2,000 feet in length, with depths up to 9 feet. The cause is still under investigation, LeClair said.

Avalanche danger in the high country is high, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Two snowmobilers were caught in an avalanche near Crested Butte on Monday as well. On Saturday, a 21-year-old Colorado Springs woman was killed in an avalanche in Utah.