Ruby Mountain, Jackson County, Colorado. Map Credit: @2021 Google Maps

Ruby Mountain, Jackson County, Colorado. Map Credit: @2021 Google Maps

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, a search is underway for a missing snowmobiler following an avalanche in Jackson County, Colorado.

The avalanche occurred near Ruby Mountain, which is found southeast of Rand, on Tuesday, February 16. Snowmobilers had traveled across the slope that slid multiple times prior to the avalanche, which was eventually trigged on the northeast-facing slope at approximately 11,000 feet of elevation.

After the slide occurred, members of the missing man's party attempted to find him prior to calling the Jackson County Sheriff's Office to report the incident and ask for help. The missing snowmobiler was not located.

The search is set to continue into Wednesday with the use of more rescue volunteers and avalanche dogs.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center continues to warn Coloradans about the immense level of risk that is present in the backcountry right now. All zones are currently rated at a 'considerable' level of risk – a three of five.

Two accidents that occurred over the weekend brought this snow season's avalanche-related death toll to 10 in Colorado, with this snowmobiler still missing, as well.

Colorado's snowpack is making some areas much more dangerous than they have been in previous years, as well as contributing to larger slides.

If entering the backcountry, proceed with extreme caution. Always check the forecasted risk posted on the Colorado Avalanche Information Center website prior to any winter adventure and travel with the proper safety equipment that you know how to use. Let someone know where you're headed and when you'll be back and avoid traveling alone.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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