On Tuesday, March 4th, Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche Technician and Senior Patroller Colin Sutton was caught in an avalanche while conducting an exploration and research mission via helicopter on Conejos Peak in the South San Juan Mountain Range. He was airlifted by a Medevac helicopter to the emergency room at Mercy Regional Hospital in Durango, Colorado where he was pronounced deceased at 4:30 PM.
Colin was a full time professional ski patroller at Wolf Creek for 12 years where he continuously excelled in his work. Colin was a National Ski Patrol Member, Basic Life Support and CPR Provider, Outdoor Emergency Care Provider, Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Level III Avalanche Technician, State of Colorado Type I Explosives Permit Possessor, Snow Study Director at Wolf Creek Ski Area (AvTech), and a Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment Qualified Dog Handler with his black Labrador “Boca”.
Colin began skiing at Wolf Creek when he was three years old and his passion for the mountains took him around the world. He will be missed deeply by everyone at Wolf Creek Ski Area and throughout Colorado Ski Country.