CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2018/11/02 - Colorado - Above Northstar Neighborhood, Hoosier Pass

Published 2018/11/03 by Jason Konigsberg - Forecaster, CAIC

Avalanche Details

  • Location: Above Northstar Neighborhood, Hoosier Pass
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2018/11/02
  • Time: 9:00 AM
  • Summary Description: 1 skier caught and partially buried, uninjured
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski


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


  • Type: HS
  • Trigger: AS - Skier
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: R2
  • Size - Destructive Force: D1.5
  • Sliding Surface: O - Within Old Snow


  • Slope Aspect: E
  • Site Elevation: 11850 ft
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

Two skiers left the Hoosier Pass parking lot and toured north-northwest on County Road 2. The skiers left the road and continued uphill following a bench in the terrain. The skiers intended to dig a snowpit on an east-facing slope. They spaced apart and crossed beneath the slope with Skier 1 in the lead. While crossing the slope, the avalanche released and a few inches of snow washed over Skier 1's skis. Skier 1 was tripped by the moving snow. Skier 1 fell downhill and debris ran over, and covered, his lower body. Skier 2 was downhill below the bench and was not hit by the avalanche. The avalanche debris accumulated and stopped on the bench above Skier 2. Skier 1 was able to self-extricate from the debris and was uninjured in the avalanche.