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Snow biker killed in the Sawatch Range
On February 5th a snow biker was caught and killed in an avalanche in the Sawatch Range, west of Buena Vista. You can read the preliminary report here. Our condolences to the friends and family of the rider.
Snowmobiler Killed in South San Juan Mountains
On February 2nd a snowmobiler was caught and killed in an avalanche in the mountains west of South Fork, Colorado. You can read the preliminary report here. CAIC staff visited the site on February 3rd. We'll post a complete report as soon as possible. Our condolences to the friends and family of the rider.
Full Reports of Colorado Accidents
The CAIC compiles information on avalanche accidents from throughout the United States. You can read reports on accidents in Colorado on the Colorado accident page. Here are direct links to the detailed reports on the recent accidents at St Marys Lake and in the Ruby Range.
There have been 14 avalanche accidents resulting in 15 fatalities across the US this winter. Ten of the deaths occurred in the span of nine days between January 16 and 24. Two of the fatalities occurred in Colorado. This was a very large and “unusually bad" cluster of avalanche fatalities. The blog post provides some historical perspective.
Know Before You Go is a free avalanche awareness program. The program was created for middle and high school students and can be presented in a 50 minute school assembly or class period. Find out more about the program or request a class.