Snowboarder Nate Souls Dies in Telluride Avalanche

Snowboarder Dies on Telluride Backcountry Route

TELLURIDE, CO – Long time local Nate Soules died in an avalanche after being caught in an area known as the fingers just outside the Telluride Ski Area boundary. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued a warning on Monday morning stating ” Natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely. Backcountry travelers should avoid moving on or under slopes steeper than about 30 degrees.”

According to San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters, “He was fully equipped with an avalanche beacon, an Avalung, and an ABS Air Bag System, which had been deployed although it had been shredded.”

With recent snow, powder fever looks to have once again struck in Colorado. Telluride had reported 10″ of snow overnight which likely was unable to bond to the previous snow pack.

The Crested Butte Avalanche Center issued the following statement “This is a dangerous time in the Colorado Backcountry, Please be cautious out there.”

I could not agree more. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Nate’s friends and family.

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Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief. Mike spends most of his time splitboarding in the winter months and backpacking throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the summer.

5 Comments on "Snowboarder Nate Souls Dies in Telluride Avalanche"

  1. I was the sole survivor from the 1989 Avalanche in Bear Creek, 23 years ago today. My heart and thoughts go out to the friends and family of Nate.

    • Todd,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on the site. Were really sorry for everyone’s losses. Amazing how history seems to have repeated itself.


    • Hi Todd
      Could you please get in touch with me? My brother Geoff Meyer was with you in Telluride 25 years ago. He would really like to touch base.

  2. Nate was the salt of the Earth. Today is a truly sad day in Telluride, saddest for Nate’s wonderful wife and children.

    • Joe,

      Were so sorry for everyone’s loss. Today in Washington I was riding with a great friend of Nates small world indeed.


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