Skier dies after being found near Turquoise Lake |

Skier dies after being found near Turquoise Lake

LEADVILLE – Two backcountry skiers missing since Wednesday were found by rescuers Thursday, but one of them has died, authorities said.

Lake County Search and Rescue crews found the two – an adult and a teenager – in the Porcupine Gulch area near Turquoise Lake.

The adult skier, Brett Beasley, was treated for hypothermia, but later died.

The two spent the night in the backcountry. They had not been heard from since Wednesday, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

 The youth seems fine and was transported to a parking lot on a snowmobile to meet his family, said Betty Benson, public information officer with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Both skiers were said to have extensive backcountry experience.

More than two dozen searchers helped with the effort, including Lake County Search & Rescue, a volunteer organization, US Forest Service personnel from Lake County and Salida, Department of Wildlife personnel and 10th Mountain Hut personnel.

Benson said many people volunteered but did not have to head out for this mission.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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