Skiing Accident on Buffalo Mountain

On March 30, 2012 at 1503hrs, Summit County Communications Center was advised of an injured backcountry skier in Silver Couloir on Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne.  The Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG) deployed 36 rescuers to evacuate the injured skier and his companions.  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was in progress when rescuers arrived on scene.  This 27-year-old male from Denver was skiing with his brother and two friends when he apparently fell and slid approximately 1500 feet down Silver Couloir and struck some rocks.  The Summit County Coroner identified the decedent as Jeff Ipsen.

Tim Brown, an avalanche forecaster from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center who was also skiing in the area, assisted SCRG in evacuating the parties and confirmed that the skier's injuries did not result from an avalanche.  SCRG was also assisted by Flight for Life Colorado, the Summit County Ambulance Service, and Lake Dillon Fire Rescue.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Ipsen family.

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