Skier causes avalanche in Summit County, able to self-rescue
November 4, 2018
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reporting the first case of a human caught in an avalanche in or around Summit County this season.
The incident was minor, and the skier was unharmed and able to self-rescue.
According to the CAIC's avalanche report, the incident occurred in a popular touring area in the slopes above the North Star neighborhood, directly above County Road 2. The avalanche was likely caused by the collapse of a slab of old snow under the season's new snow.
A small pocket within the slide stepped down to the ground while the caught skier was touring below the slope. The skier then yelled "Avalanche!" when the slide quietly broke.
Only a few inches of snow washed over his skis, but he tripped, falling downhill. The skier's lower body was partially buried. The skier was moved a little over 3 yards downhill on the toe of the slide.
Both the skier and companion were equipped with appropriate gear and beacons.