CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2016/02/02 - Colorado - Lost Mine Creek, east of Wolf Creek Pass

Published 2016/02/03 by Brian Lazar - Forecast Staff, Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Avalanche Details

  • Location: Lost Mine Creek, east of Wolf Creek Pass
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2016/02/02
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 2 snowmobilers caught, 1 partially buried, 1 fully buried and killed
  • Primary Activity: Snowmobiler
  • Primary Travel Mode: Snowmobile


  • Caught: 1
  • Fully Buried: 1
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 1


  • Type: --
  • Trigger: AM - Snowmobile
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: --
  • Size - Destructive Force: --
  • Sliding Surface: --


  • Slope Aspect: --
  • Site Elevation: 9500 ft
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: Gully/Couloir

Accident Summary

Preliminary Report

On February 2, 2016, a group of four snowmobilers departed from the Tucker Ponds trailhead east of Wolf Creek Pass. At approximately 4 PM, the group was snowmobiling in the Lost Mine Creek drainage between Campo Mollino and Park Creek. During the course of their ride, two members of the group were caught in an avalanche. One rider was partially buried and the other was completely buried.

The group left the scene to go for emergency assistance. They obtained cell coverage and placed a call to 911 at approximately 6 PM. Local riders, personnel from the Wolf Creek Ski Area, Mineral and Rio Grand County Sheriff's Offices,  Archuleta County Emergency Management, and Upper San Juan Search and Rescue all participated in the search and rescue effort.

CAIC staff visited the site on February 3rd. We'll post more information as it become available.