SUMMIT COUNTY - The man killed in a Summit County avalanche Monday has been Identified.
Kevin Kuybus, 46, of Highlands Ranch, was caught in anvalanche in a backcountry area south of Keystone Ski Resort on Monday afternoon. His body was found Tuesday morning.
The person who reported it was caught and was able to self-extract; however, he was unable to locate Kuybus he was skiing with.
Search teams with dogs were initiated from both the bottom and the top of the slide area. Summit County Rescue Group responded with additional personnel and conducted probe searches. The search continued until approximately 6 p.m., when visibility and conditions became too dangerous for further operations.
Search teams were re-deployed Tuesday morning after avalanche mitigation was completed. Roughly 40 representatives, including four dogs, from Keystone Ski Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Summit County Rescue Group, Vail Mountain Rescue, Alpine Rescue Team and the U.S. Forest Service continued the search.
The avalanche debris field was reportedly around 2,000 feet in length, with depths up to nine feet. The cause is still under investigation.
According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the current avalanche danger rating is high. Avalanche conditions are considered very dangerous and travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.