The body of a Longmont man killed in an avalanche in Ouray County on Saturday was recovered from the area Tuesday morning.

Peter Marshall, 40, was taking an avalanche safety course led by the Silverton Avalanche School with four other backcountry skiers when an avalanche was triggered and he was buried and killed.

Due to inclement weather and safety issues, emergency crews were unable to recover Marshall's body until Tuesday when the weather cleared, according to Glenn Boyd, a spokesman for the city of Ouray.

The Ouray Mountain Rescue Team and the Helitrax Telluride Heli Ski Team recovered his body at around 9 a.m., Boyd said.

According to a preliminary report from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the skiers on Saturday were coming down Red Mountain Pass in Senator Beck Basin in the San Juan Mountains when they triggered an avalanche. A second avalanche was also released and overran the debris pile of the first.

Marshall was buried under at least 8 feet of the snow and debris and died. The group was able to dig him out of the snow and attempted to revive him on site, but were unsuccessful. The group then made their way to U.S. 550 with the help of rescue crews.

This is the first avalanche fatality in Colorado this winter. It is also the first avalanche fatality for the Silverton Avalanche School since it was founded in 1962.


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Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com