CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2019/03/09 - Colorado - Crested Butte South

Published 2019/03/10 by Spencer Logan - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Crested Butte South
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2019/03/09
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 2 residents caught and buried, 1 killed
  • Primary Activity: Resident
  • Primary Travel Mode: Foot

Number

  • Caught: 0
  • Fully Buried: 2
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 1

Avalanche

  • Type: R
  • Trigger: AF - Foot penetration
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: --
  • Size - Destructive Force: --
  • Sliding Surface: --

Site

  • Slope Aspect: --
  • Site Elevation: --
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY: Two people were clearing snow from a low-angled roof. The snow avalanched. Both were caught and buried, but no one witnessed the avalanche. About 10 minutes later, someone discovered the avalanche, called 911, and began digging. Local emergency services personnel arrived within 10 minutes. The first person was dug out and survived. The second person was buried more deeply. They were located by probing, and were not breathing when dug out. The two were buried for 20 to 30 minutes.