Rick Gaukel

A 33-year-old Aptos High School graduate died Saturday in a Colorado avalanche that also took the lives of three other snowboarders and a skier.

Rick Gaukel was snowboarding in the backcountry of Loveland Pass, Colo., in an event called the Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Bash, which raised money for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Gaukel's mother, Mary Gaukel of Capitola, said Monday that her son was an experienced snowboarder and outdoorsman. He was married and taught at a school for at-risk youth in Estes Park, Colo. See Sentinel story

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Apr. 24, 2013