CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2014/02/15 - Colorado - Star Mountain, near Twin Lakes

Published 2014/02/18 by Brian Lazar - Forecast Staff, Colorado Avalanche Information Center


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Star Mountain, near Twin Lakes
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2014/02/15 (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 5 skiers caught, 3 injured, 2 killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski

Number

  • Caught: 2
  • Fully Buried: 3
  • Injured: 5
  • Killed: 2

Avalanche

  • Type: HS
  • Trigger: AS - Skier
  • Trigger (subcode): Unknown
  • Size - Relative to Path: R4
  • Size - Destructive Force: D4
  • Sliding Surface: O - Within Old Snow

Site

  • Slope Aspect: NE
  • Site Elevation: 11600 ft
  • Slope Angle: 40 °
  • Slope Characteristic: Planar Slope

Accident Summary

A group of 7 skiers triggered an avalanche on the Twin Lakes (east) side Independence Pass. Three people were injured  and two people were killed. CAIC staff are conducting the investigation, and we will post details as they become available.

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