Snowboarder dies near Telluride after descending backcountry with friends
Snowboarder Gabriel Wright was a long-time resident in Telluride and an experienced backcountry rider
February 26, 2018
A 47-year-old snowboarder died Sunday afternoon outside the Telluride ski area in the Bear Creek backcountry below a mine, San Miguel County authorities confirmed Sunday night, Colorado's second mountain fatality of the day.
The coroner identified the snowboarder as Gabriel Wright, a longtime resident of Telluride, who had been snowboarding with two friends.
"He was the third of three skiing down from the Nellie Mine. When the other two realized he wasn't there, they went up and reached him," San Miguel County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Susan Lilly said. The friends found him unresponsive and administered CPR for 30 minutes, Lilly said. They also were able to notify the county's search-and-rescue crew, who flew into the area by helicopter. Crew members extricated his body.
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