Avalanches close Blue Sky lift at Vail | AspenTimes.com

Avalanches close Blue Sky lift at Vail

VAIL, Colo. – A member of the Vail ski patrol was caught in an avalanche Friday on Vail Mountain while investigating an earlier slide in the area, said Liz Biebl, spokeswoman for Vail Mountain.

At about 1 p.m. Friday, the ski patrol witnessed a skier-triggered slide in a closed area on the Skree Field run in Blue Sky Basin on Vail Mountain, Biebl said. Ski patrol staff performed a search and found tracks going in and out of the closed area, Biebl said. While performing the investigation, a patroler triggered and was caught in a second slide, Biebl said. The patroler skied off the mountain and later sought medical attention, she said.

The Skyline Express Lift was closed for the remainder of the day and was expected to reopen with other portions of Blue Sky Basin on Saturday, Biebl said.

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