Skiers Triggered A-Basin Avalanche

15 skiers caught

Feb 20, 2013
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A group of 14 skiers led by a patroller triggered an avalanche on Saturday at Arapahoe Basin in Summit County, Colorado, according to a preliminary report from the Avalanche Information Center.

According to the Denver Post, the skiers were carried down the slope by an avalanche that was 330 feet wide and, in some spots, almost 12 feet deep. The snow buried one man, but no serious injuries were reported. Ski patrol removed a skier from the mountain by toboggan due to a knee injury.

The west side of Montezuma Bowl, where the avalanche took place, is still closed to the public, but the east side has been reopened.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center lists nine avalanche deaths in the U.S. this season. At this time last year, there had been 13.

Read about the Stevens Pass avalanche that killed three at this time last year.

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