Snowboarder killed in avalanche near A-Basin identified |

Snowboarder killed in avalanche near A-Basin identified

Julie Sutor
summit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson released the identity of Wednesday’s avalanche victim as 20-year-old Daniel Michelotti from Spring Grove, Ill.

Michelotti was snowboarding with two friends in the Steep Gullies area, just west of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, when an avalanche carried him about 1,000 feet and killed him. According to Richardson, suffocation was the cause of death.

It took the two friends about 20-25 minutes to descend the slope and dial 911.

About 37 rescuers from Summit County Rescue Group, Keystone Ski Patrol, A-Basin Ski Patrol and Summit County Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

Michelotti moved to Colorado in November and was an employee of Breckenridge Ski Resort.

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