Avalanche kills one on Quandary | AspenTimes.com

Avalanche kills one on Quandary

Nicole FormosaSummit County correspondent

A skier was killed Thursday afternoon after he was buried in an avalanche on Quandary Peak near Breckenridge.According to Summit County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jill Berman, the slide triggered four subsequent slides and left behind a 2,000-foot debris field.Berman said two men were skiing on the south side of Quandary about 12:30 p.m. when the slide occurred. One man skied out of the cascading snow and called for help.On-scene rescuers said the victim was not wearing an avalanche beacon.Summit County Rescue Group and Alpine Search and Rescue responded, as well as ski patrollers from Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone and Park County. Red, White and Blue Fire Department and Summit County Ambulance were also on the scene. Two avalanche dogs were brought in to help in the search. A Flight for Life helicopter was being used to drop off rescuers and gear but had to be grounded because of weather conditions.Quandary Peak, a popular backcountry destination, is located south of Breckenridge, just past Blue River.Last November, Breckenridge resident Matthew Duffy escaped a 300-foot-wide slide on Quandary.According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, avalanche danger above tree line was rated considerable Thursday with pockets of high in recently drifted areas.

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