CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2019/01/03 - Colorado - Near Trico Peak, west of Red Mountain Pass

Published 2019/01/08 by Ann Mellick - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Near Trico Peak, west of Red Mountain Pass
  • State: Colorado
  • Date: 2019/01/03
  • Time: 1:00 PM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 3 snowshoers caught, 1 partially buried
  • Primary Activity: Hiker
  • Primary Travel Mode: Snowshoe

Number

  • Caught: 3
  • Fully Buried: 0
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 0

Avalanche

  • Type: HS
  • Trigger: AI - Snowshoer
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: R3
  • Size - Destructive Force: D2
  • Sliding Surface: --

Site

  • Slope Aspect: SE
  • Site Elevation: 12300 ft
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: Planar Slope

Accident Summary

A party of three snowshoers was ascending a southeast-facing slope above treeline. They were spaced about 5 to 10 feet apart. Snowshoer 3 punched through the upper snowpack layers and triggered the avalanche. The avalanche caught all three. Snowshoer 3 was buried up to his chest. Snowshoers 1 and 2 were able to assist Snowshoer 3. All were uninjured and returned to their vehicle.

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