CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2016/02/13 - Colorado - Eagle avalanche path, north of Silverton

Published 2016/02/13 by Ethan Greene - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Eagle avalanche path, north of Silverton
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2016/02/13
  • Time: 12:00 AM
  • Summary Description: Two skiers caught and highway buried
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski

Number

  • Caught: 2
  • Fully Buried: 0
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 0

Avalanche

  • Type: WS
  • Trigger: AS - Skier
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: R3
  • Size - Destructive Force: D3
  • Sliding Surface: G - At Ground/Ice/Firm

Site

  • Slope Aspect: S
  • Site Elevation: 12200 ft
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: Gully/Couloir

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY REPORT

On February 13 at approximately 11:30 AM a group of five skiers were descending the Eagle avalanche path above US 550. The Eagle path crosses US 550 between Red Mountain Pass and the town of Silverton. The start zone is a south facing, above-treeline slope. Two skiers were caught and carried in the avalanche. The avalanche put debris on US 550. The debris pile was 12 to 15 feet deep and up to 350 feet wide.  

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