Monday, 28 February 2011

A Lucky Escape From The White Room

Avalanche Details:

Location: Monarch Pass, Mile Marker 201
State: Colorado
Date: 2011/02/27
Time: 2:10 PM (Estimated)
Summary Description: 1 skier caught, fully buried
Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer

Slope Aspect: E
Site Elevation: 10900 ft
Slope Angle: --
Slope Characteristic: Planar Slope
Accident Summary: A lone skier triggered, was caught, & buried in a small soft slab.

A car was parked on the side of Monarch Pass. The driver watched a skier cut into "Gun Shot Cut Bank", trigger a soft slab avalanche, get caught and get buried. The driver grabbed a shovel and jumped out of his car and ran over to the debris pile. There was a ski pole sticking out of the debris and the driver went to that and dug the skier out. No injuries were reported. Initial reports have the skier buried about 3 feet deep. So, next time you're rollin' a doob on whatever mountain pass you travel on, make sure to keep your eye on the BC skiers around you. You could be the next everyday hero 
5 x Bealach na Ba

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