Missing skier near Baldy Peak found dead

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 2, 2010 2:32 pm

Sad news to report on this Friday. After two days of searching, rescue teams found the body of 41-year-old Heidi Kloos of Ridgway, Colorado. Heidi had gone into the backcountry alone on Tuesday to check out a possible area for ice climbing. When she hadn’t returned by Wednesday, her friends called 911.

Eight miles southeast of Ridgway is Baldy Peak. That’s where the Ouray Mountain Rescue responded. By Wednesday afternoon, the team found Heidi’s dog and backpack in an avalanche debris field.

At 1:30 PM on Thursday, the teams found Heidi’s body buried beneath about 5 feet of snow. The Ouray Sheriff’s office says temperatures reached into the 60s on Tuesday, which caused several avalanches on the north side of Baldy Peak. They estimate the avalanche that killed Heidi was about 150 meters wide by 80 meters long and 60 to 80 feet deep in places.

Heidi was a very experienced mountain guide. She worked for Mountain Trip Expeditions, based in Ophir. She had guided several expeditions on Mount Denali, the Alaskan Range and other locations around the world.