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Skier briefly submerged in small avalanche on Marble Point near Carbondale 20–1

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A back­coun­try ski­er was “briefly sub­merged” in an “small” avalanche Mon­day on Mar­ble Point near Carbondale.

The avalanche, rough­ly 100 feet wide and 200 feet long, was trigged by a ski­er at about 10,400 feet in ele­va­tion, accord­ing to a report post­ed on the Col­orado Avalanche Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter.

“Our group’s trav­els were masked by com­pla­cen­cy as we tra­versed low angle slopes on the return to the car after hav­ing not­ed major insta­bil­i­ties at high­er ele­va­tions,” said a mem­ber of the involved ski par­ty in the CAIC post.

The inci­dent was report­ed by Out There Col­orado. The ski­er who was briefly sub­merged came to “rest atop the snow­pack 100 or so feet above the toe of the slide.”

The author said the avalanche serves as a good reminder to keep res­cue skills sharp and to care­ful­ly assess all ter­rain while back­coun­try skiing.

“This slide was a sharp reminder of the poten­tial con­se­quences of any back­coun­try ter­rain, even in the rel­a­tive­ly benign areas.”

Monday’s avalanche hap­pened in the Aspen Zone. The avalanche rat­ing for the area Tues­day was “con­sid­er­able” above tree­line and near tree­line, accord­ing to the CAIC. The CAIC defines the con­sid­er­able rat­ing as: “Dan­ger­ous avalanche con­di­tions. Cau­tious route-find­ing and con­ser­v­a­tive deci­sion-mak­ing essential.”

The lev­el below tree­line Tues­day was “Mod­er­ate” with “height­ened avalanche con­di­tions on spe­cif­ic ter­rain fea­tures. Eval­u­ate snow and ter­rain carefully.”

 

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