CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2017/02/14 - Colorado - Near West Lost Lake, Flat Tops Wilderness area

Published 2017/02/15 by Spencer Logan - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Near West Lost Lake, Flat Tops Wilderness area
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2017/02/14
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 2 snow bike riders caught, 1 killed
  • Primary Activity: Unknown
  • Primary Travel Mode: Unknown

Number

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

Avalanche

  • Type: HS
  • Trigger: AV - Vehicle (specify vehicle type in comments)
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: R3
  • Size - Destructive Force: D2
  • Sliding Surface: I - New/Old Interface

Site

  • Slope Aspect: NE
  • Site Elevation: 10460 ft
  • Slope Angle: 33 °
  • Slope Characteristic: Sparse Trees

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY: Two snow bikers were caught in an avalanche near West Lost Lake, in the northern Flat Tops mountains. One of the riders was killed.

Steamboat Pilot article

Our deepest sympathies go out to the friends and family of the victim.

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