San Juan accident is the sixth avalanche death of the season
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reporting the second slide fatality of the week and the sixth of the season, with the latest death occurring Feb. 16 in the backcountry near Wolf Creek Pass.
According to the CAIC, three backcountry travelers triggered a large slide in the Gibbs Creek drainage. The avalanche broke three feet deep and 600 feet wide, and ran about 600 vertical feet. One of the skiers was unharmed, the second was injured and required evacuation and the third died in the slide.The avalanche released on a steep (40 degree) west-facing slope near treeline. (more…)
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