Skier dies in avalanche on Torrey’s Peak
May 22, 2011
A 38-year-old skier from Superior died Saturday evening from the injuries he suffered in an avalanche in Clear Creek County.
Joel Levenberg was swept more than 1,000 feet over rocks in the slide on the east face of Torrey’s Peak. He was found alive at about 12,800 feet in elevation, the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department said tonight.
The slide happened at about 1 p.m., and Levenberg complained of injuries to his chest and hip when rescuers reached him at about 5:30 p.m., according to a media release from the Sheriff’s Department.
The wind was blowing at more the 50 mph,and snow created white-out conditions for the 26 rescuers from several agencies, including Alpine Rescue Team and Summit County Rescue Group. He could not be airlifted because of the conditions, authorities said.
Levenberg died on the mountain from his injuries at about 7 p.m.
His two companions said they had hiked to the 14,275-foot summit of Torrey’s Peak and decided to ski down. Levenberg went first, triggering the large slab to slide, they told authorities.
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One of the companions stayed with him while another went for help, the Sheriff’s Department stated.