Woman killed in backcountry
A 55-year-old woman was killed in a sledding or skiing accident at the old Marble ski area on Thursday afternoon, according to authorities.
Details of the incident were limited Thursday night because responders from the Carbondale Fire Department were still on the scene and hadn’t been able to relay complete information to the fire station, according to Deputy Fire Chief Rob Goodwin. He said the department received a call at 12:36 p.m. about a woman injured in an accident. Members of the initial response team had to get out of their vehicles because of snow and were approaching the remote, rugged area on foot when local residents provided them with rides on snowmobiles, Goodwin said.
A Flight for Life was activated from St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction but responders canceled it once they arrived at the scene at 1:45 p.m. A team from West Elks Search and Rescue was called to help with recovery of the body, according to Goodwin.
He said information wasn’t available on whether the woman was sledding or skiing at the time of the accident. Companions of the victim were uninjured.
The incident occurred in Gunnison County, so a deputy sheriff from that jurisdiction was called to the site for an investigation. No further information or identification of the accident victim was available Thursday evening.
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Mountain Rescue Aspen is expanding its education efforts to try to keep people safe in the backcountry during winters and summers. It will host a workshop on Dec. 8 titled, “How to Plan a Backcountry Tour.”