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    Skier killed in avalanche near Georgia Pass

    Not much info on aspect/elevation/layer triggered etc. as of yet.
    Vibes to the family
    Second fatality in CO in just a few days. Be safe out there. Give the new snow a chance to consolidate and gain strength.

    https://www.summitdaily.com/news/bre...3415459&_p_c=1


    Two skiers near Georgia Pass triggered an avalanche that buried and killed one at around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, officials confirmed.

    A Flight for Life helicopter was sent to the scene along with Summit County Sheriff's Office personnel and Summit County Rescue Group volunteers immediately after the slide was reported to emergency dispatchers. The sheriff’s office confirmed later in the afternoon that the buried skier was killed.

    "One individual was carried down the slide path — we believe into the trees — but we don't have information to provide on who the individual was," SCRG spokesman Charles Pitman said on scene.

    The avalanche reportedly occurred above tree line on a north-facing slope between the Middle Fork of the Swan River and Georgia Pass east of Breckenridge.

    Avalanche danger was moderate in Summit County on Tuesday, the second of five risk ratings posted by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. A member of the agency was on scene investigating the slide Tuesday afternoon.

    "The most likely avalanches right now involved the recent storm snow," CAIC deputy director Brian Lazar said, referring in general to the Summit County area. "On most slopes, the threat from fairly large, wet avalanches is the most widespread problem."

    Pitman said more information would be released later in the day. He was out of cell phone range but a photographer interviewed him on scene.

    The Summit County Coroner's Office could not be immediately reached for comment.

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    Deep Persistent Slab
    Quote Originally Posted by blurred
    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summit View Post
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    Damn, that’s terrifying. Step down from a wet/loose in the new snow? Did you respond to this one?


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    The Summit Daily article has been updated and is now reporting that it was a snowmobiler, not a skier.

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    Fuck that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    All ye punterz! Leave thine stupid heavy skis in the past, or at least in the resort category, for the age of lightweight pussy sticks is upon us! Behold! Keep up with the randocommandos on their carbon blades of shortness! Break thine tibias into spiral splinters with pintech extravagance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiracer88_00 View Post
    Damn, that’s terrifying. Step down from a wet/loose in the new snow? Did you respond to this one?


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    Not a step down
    Triggered from below
    Quote Originally Posted by blurred
    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    All ye punterz! Leave thine stupid heavy skis in the past, or at least in the resort category, for the age of lightweight pussy sticks is upon us! Behold! Keep up with the randocommandos on their carbon blades of shortness! Break thine tibias into spiral splinters with pintech extravagance!

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    Skier killed in avalanche near Georgia Pass

    Vibes.

    Fuck, look how that remote triggered the slope to the right

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    That sympathetic release that far away is something I've never seen before. Wow. Usually it will rip the whole wall off.

    Interesting.
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    Final Report
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    The deceased snowmobilier's beacon was turned off . Such a stupid mistake that may have cost this guy his life. I can tell you that I have made the same stupid mistake (realized my beacon was turned off all day when i got back to the car) and got lucky. Really highlights the importance of parking lot beacon checks prior to heading out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiracer88_00 View Post
    Final Report
    http://avalanche.state.co.us/caic/ac...=666&accfm=inv

    The deceased snowmobilier's beacon was turned off . Such a stupid mistake that may have cost this guy his life. I can tell you that I have made the same stupid mistake (realized my beacon was turned off all day when i got back to the car) and got lucky. Really highlights the importance of parking lot beacon checks prior to heading out.

    Jordan
    Parking lot beacon checks are good. The normal advice is "on at the car off at the bar", but the rule I follow is even simpler. If I am wearing my beacon, it is on. I never ever turn it off except when I am taking it off. Sure, a few times I have taken it off and forgotten to turn it off, but batteries are cheap. Much rather make that mistake then have it on and not beeping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    Parking lot beacon checks are good. The normal advice is "on at the car off at the bar", but the rule I follow is even simpler. If I am wearing my beacon, it is on. I never ever turn it off except when I am taking it off. Sure, a few times I have taken it off and forgotten to turn it off, but batteries are cheap. Much rather make that mistake then have it on and not beeping.
    Yep. If you're not turning it on before you leave the house, then the first person ready in the parking lot, should have theirs on and out waiting for the rest to stream by.

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    the other avalanche death that weekend was really sad. long time SAR member in sidecountry on the last day of the season on terrain he apparently knew well. Just goes to show you can never get comfortable, no matter how much experience you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    the rule I follow is even simpler. If I am wearing my beacon, it is on. I never ever turn it off except when I am taking it off.
    ^This. Beacon on/power on. Harness goes over your head with the power on. I was taught the first thing you do when you pick up a beacon should be turning it on. Trailhead/Lot beacon check is the double check, and finding someone who is powered off on the trailhead check should set off alarm bells for that person to do things different and the group to get on his or her ass about it constantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blazes_boylan View Post
    ^This. Beacon on/power on. Harness goes over your head with the power on. I was taught the first thing you do when you pick up a beacon should be turning it on. Trailhead/Lot beacon check is the double check, and finding someone who is powered off on the trailhead check should set off alarm bells for that person to do things different and the group to get on his or her ass about it constantly.
    Smart.

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