Backcountry Snowboarder Killed in Avalanche South of Telluride, Colorado ~ SnowBrains

Greg Overton of Ridgway lost his son Devin to an avalanche yesterday, the biggest loss a parent can experience. Many of Greg’s friends wish to extend deepest condolences to the Overton family.

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At around 3:00 pm on March 17, 2022, a solo backcountry snowboarder was caught, buried, and killed in an avalanche south of Trout Lake, 13 miles south of Telluride, CO.

At approximately 3 pm, Helitrax, a local heli-ski outfitter, was flying in the Trout Lake area and spotted what appeared to be evidence of a fresh avalanche. They saw a single set of tracks going into the slide area, but none coming out. They immediately contacted San Miguel Sheriff’s Dispatchers, and a Search and Rescue mission was launched. Helitrax meantime started an aerial beacon search, and when a signal was detected, they landed their helicopter and were able to locate the victim who had been buried under six feet of debris.

Search and Rescue members were flown in to recover the body. The man has been identified as 29-year-old Devin Overton of Telluride.

The fatality is the 13th avalanche-related death in the US this winter.

Looking across the debris field toward the burial location of a fatal avalanche that killed Devin Overton.
Credit: CAIC
Looking at the debris field of the avalanche that caught, buried, and killed a backcountry snowboarder on March 17, 2022. Credit: CAIC
Yesterday’s avalanche forecast. Credit: CAIC
The red pin marks Trout Lake, CO.

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