A backcountry skier in Colorado tried to free himself and save his son after an avalanche. After a two-hour search, his son was found dead.

A dog trying to help someone caught in an avalanche

Rescue dogs like this spotted the skier two hours after the avalanche hit.AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post at Getty Images

  • A father and son were out skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado on Saturday when they were caught in an avalanche.

  • The father called 911 on his own, but the son was found dead two hours later.

  • Deadly avalanches are becoming more common as a result of climate change.

A father was unable to help his son after he was caught in an avalanche while skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado.

The two were backcountry skiing at an altitude of about 11,600 feet, but at 1:00 p.m., the snow rolled down the mountainside, partially burying the father and completely burying the son. According to a Colorado Avalanche Information Center report released on Sunday,.

The father was able to free himself and searched for his son to no avail. He traveled to find cell service and called 911, but his son was found dead by a rescue dog at 3 p.m. after authorities arrived, reports say. increase.

The avalanche site that killed two people in Breckenridge, Colorado, December 31, 2022

Avalanche site.Colorado Avalanche Information Center

The names of the two have not been released, but Identified by the Denver Post them as father and son.

The information center said the son was one of two people killed in avalanches this season.

Ethan Green, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, said fatal avalanche accidents in Colorado will become more common in a changing climate. told CBS in November, Due to the greater temperature fluctuations throughout the ski season, there are more “rainy” events, even in the coldest months of the year, making avalanches more likely.

CBS reports that avalanches used to be common for a limited period of time each year, but now occur for the entire season.

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