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Backcountry Skier Killed Near Cameron Pass
On December 8 a backcountry skier was caught, buried, and killed in an avalanche on Diamond Peak. This was the first person killed in an avalanche in Colorado during the 2019-2020 season. Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased, and everyone affected by this accident. You can read the preliminary report here.
Vail Pass Avalanche Report
On November 28th a family of three was involved in an avalanche incident a short distance from a backcountry hut near Vail Pass. A member of the party triggered an avalanche and was buried with just their arm sticking out of the snow. The other two party members were able to quickly rescue the victim. You can read the full accident report here.
Recent Avalanche Activity
It's been an active week for avalanches in the Colorado high country. From November 25 through December 2, we recorded 185 avalanches, 75 of which were large enough to bury a person. In that same period, seven people were caught in avalanches and six were partially buried. Expect avalanche activity to increase with our next storm system later in the week.