CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2014/01/07 - Colorado - East Vail, backcountry southeast of Vail Ski Area

Published 2014/01/07 by Spencer Logan - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: East Vail, backcountry southeast of Vail Ski Area
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2014/01/07
  • Time: 12:00 AM
  • Summary Description: 4 sidecountry riders caught, 1 injured, 1 killed
  • Primary Activity: Sidecountry Rider
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski

Number

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

Avalanche

  • Type: --
  • Trigger: --
  • Trigger (subcode): --
  • Size - Relative to Path: --
  • Size - Destructive Force: --
  • Sliding Surface: --

Site

  • Slope Aspect: E
  • Site Elevation: 11400 ft
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

The avalanche occurred in the backcountry southeast of Vail Ski Area. The avalanche occurred on an easterly aspect near treeline. "Sidecountry riders" exit ski areas to access backcountry terrain outside of operating ski area boundaries.

An avalanche fatality occurred in the this avalanche path on January 4, 2008.

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