CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2021/03/22 - Colorado - Lime Creek south of Edwards

Published 2021/03/24 by Mike Cooperstein - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Lime Creek south of Edwards
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2021/03/22
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 1 sidecountry skier caught and killed
  • Primary Activity: Sidecountry Rider
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski

Number

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

Avalanche

  • Type: --
  • Trigger: AS - Skier
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: R1
  • Size - Destructive Force: D2
  • Sliding Surface: --

Site

  • Slope Aspect: NW
  • Site Elevation: 10500 ft
  • Slope Angle: 45 °
  • Slope Characteristic: Planar Slope,Gully/Couloir

Accident Summary

On Monday, March 22, 2021, a skier was caught, buried, and killed in an avalanche in the backcountry near Beaver Creek Ski Area. The skier triggered the avalanche on a very steep rock slab. He was carried over 1,000 feet down a steep rocky chute and was completely buried 1 to 2 feet deep. His partner was able to uncover him quickly, but the skier did not survive. The accident occurred in a steep, northwest-facing chute below treeline, at an elevation of around 10,500 feet. The avalanche was several feet deep and broke in a weak layer near the ground. Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the victim.

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