KUSA - There was something about Kevin Kuybus and his love for skiing that drew you in. His next door neighbor and friend, Brian McClain, experienced that first hand.
"It was fun to live vicariously through all the powder days he's gotten over the last few years," McClain explained. "him getting out there not only with his boys but with other guys in the neighborhood was absolutely his passion."
Monday afternoon, McClain received a phone call from rescue teams saying Kuybus disappeared after an avalanche.
Kuybus was skiing in the backcountry just outside Keystone Ski Resort with a friend when they were swept away. His friend was able to escape and call get help.
"Knowing what a tough guy Kevin is, I don't think any of us gave up hope until we heard the final news," McClain said.
It was determined that Kuybus died from blunt force trauma to his chest.
Kuybus' body was found Tuesday morning.
Friends say the 46-year-old was adamant about being safe on the slopes.
"I think backcountry skiing was not the norm for him. I think they were just up in the outback and got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time," McClain said.
Kuybus leaves behind a wife and two children.