CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2013/04/20 - Colorado - Sheep Creek, north of Loveland Pass

Published 2013/04/21 by Ethan Greene - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Sheep Creek, north of Loveland Pass
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2013/04/20
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 6 snowboarders caught and buried, 5 killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Snowboard

Number

  • Caught: 0
  • Fully Buried: 6
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 5

Avalanche

  • Type: HS
  • Trigger: AR - Snowboarder
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: R3
  • Size - Destructive Force: D2.5
  • Sliding Surface: O - Within Old Snow

Site

  • Slope Aspect: N
  • Site Elevation: 12000 ft
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY REPORT

A backcountry touring party of six, on splitboards and skis, were caught in an avalanche in the Sheep Creek area near Loveland Pass. Five of the riders were killed. The group may have triggered the avalanche from below the start zone, low in the avalanche path. The avalanche released into old snow layers and the ground. Approximate dimensions of the crown face of the avalanche are 4 feet deep and 500 feet wide. 

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