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