CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2018/11/24 - Colorado - Richmond Ridge, McFarland's B Nose

Published 2018/11/28 by Brian Lazar - Forecast Staff, Colorado Avalanche Information Center


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Richmond Ridge, McFarland's B Nose
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2018/11/24
  • Time: 3:00 PM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 1 skier caught and fully buried, minor injury
  • Primary Activity: Sidecountry Rider
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski

Number

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

Avalanche

  • Type: SS
  • Trigger: AS - Skier
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: R2
  • Size - Destructive Force: D1.5
  • Sliding Surface: I - New/Old Interface

Site

  • Slope Aspect: NE
  • Site Elevation: 10500 ft
  • Slope Angle: 35 °
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

The incident occurred as a touring party of two (Skier 1 and Skier 2) were traversing out Richmond Ridge from the top of the Aspen Mountain Ski Area to the area locally know as McFarland's. Skier 1 triggered a small soft slab avalanche (SS-ASu-R2-D1.5-I) on a slope locally known as B Nose. The avalanche broke around a foot deep, around 5 to 10 feet wide, and ran approximately 300 linear feet and dropped approximately 150 vertical feet.  

Skier 1 was caught in the avalanche and carried approximately 60 feet. He was fully buried near the base of a tree. Skier 2 preformed a beacon search, and quickly located the burial site. He pinpointed Skier 1 with a probe and dug out Skier 1. Skier 1 was conscious with only a minor ankle injury.

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