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    Avalanche fatality Beaver Creek sidecountry?

    Only hearing bits and pieces, heard it was on the backside of McCoy. And something about BC patrol winching a cat down for recovery. Anyone else know anything?

    Pretty sure this was an old friend of mine

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    Fatal Avalanche Accident in Vail and Summit County Zone
    On Monday, March 22, 2021, a skier was caught and killed in an avalanche outside of the Beaver Creek Ski Area boundary in an area locally known as Sanctuary Chute. Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the victim. This is the 12th avalanche fatality in Colorado this season. Read the preliminary report here.

    https://avalanche.state.co.us/caic/a...ep&view=public

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    Is this zone to the NW of the Larkspur top terminal?

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    Definitely a local head. I'm dreading the news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP IN7RO View Post
    Is this zone to the NW of the Larkspur top terminal?
    Yes....and yes another local. Brutal


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    More info: https://www.vaildaily.com/news/eagle...-beaver-creek/

    Tough winter for the valley

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    It's been a few years but had some great days with Gary skiing lines in EV and canyoneering in the Roost. He was a former patroller and all around good dude- kind, humble, soft-spoken. We had drifted apart but my life was brighter knowing that he was still getting after it high up in the Gore. And to have this happen, in the slackcountry on a green/yellow day, is just... fuck it all.

    RIP old friend

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    Gary Allen Smith, 37, was caught and killed in an avalanche in the backcountry near Beaver Creek Resort on Monday, the Eagle County Coroner has confirmed.

    The avalanche occurred in an area near the bottom of the Larkspur Bowl known as the Sanctuary Chute, below treeline in a steep northwest-facing chute at an elevation of around 10,500 feet near the Lime Creek drainage. Smith was trapped in the slide and his skiing companion was able to locate him, dig him out and call for help, but Smith did not survive.

    The Colorado Avalanche Information Center filed an initial report on Monday and will file a follow-up report.

    The fatality is the 35th avalanche death in the U.S. this season and the 12th in Colorado, making it the deadliest avalanche season since the 1992-93 season in Colorado, when 12 people also died.

    Smith was a well-known local backcountry skier who worked at a backcountry shop and was a gear editor at wildsnow.com. The website describes him as an “obsessive tinkerer and modifier of his gear, rarely satisfied with stock options and always looking for improvement.”
    Gary Allen Smith is remembered as a backcountry adventurer who loved winter.

    Smith is a former ski patroller who began backcountry touring after an injury. Before moving to the Vail area he lived in Taos, New Mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leftfield View Post
    It's been a few years but had some great days with Gary skiing lines in EV and canyoneering in the Roost. He was a former patroller and all around good dude- kind, humble, soft-spoken. We had drifted apart but my life was brighter knowing that he was still getting after it high up in the Gore. And to have this happen, in the slackcountry on a green/yellow day, is just... fuck it all.

    RIP old friend

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    Gary Allen Smith, 37, was caught and killed in an avalanche in the backcountry near Beaver Creek Resort on Monday, the Eagle County Coroner has confirmed.

    The avalanche occurred in an area near the bottom of the Larkspur Bowl known as the Sanctuary Chute, below treeline in a steep northwest-facing chute at an elevation of around 10,500 feet near the Lime Creek drainage. Smith was trapped in the slide and his skiing companion was able to locate him, dig him out and call for help, but Smith did not survive.

    The Colorado Avalanche Information Center filed an initial report on Monday and will file a follow-up report.

    The fatality is the 35th avalanche death in the U.S. this season and the 12th in Colorado, making it the deadliest avalanche season since the 1992-93 season in Colorado, when 12 people also died.

    Smith was a well-known local backcountry skier who worked at a backcountry shop and was a gear editor at wildsnow.com. The website describes him as an “obsessive tinkerer and modifier of his gear, rarely satisfied with stock options and always looking for improvement.”
    Gary Allen Smith is remembered as a backcountry adventurer who loved winter.

    Smith is a former ski patroller who began backcountry touring after an injury. Before moving to the Vail area he lived in Taos, New Mexico.
    Oh man Lefty, I am so sorry.....Fuck it all indeed. Vibes to you and yours, and to Gary's family.......
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    RIP Gary
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    RIP.
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    RIP.

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    RIP. I never knew Gary but appreciated his writing on WildSnow. He did a great job of communicating a lot of information. And most importantly sounded like an exemplary human.

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    I also really trusted his boot reviews and especially enjoyed the writings from AK. Major bummer

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    Quote Originally Posted by leftfield View Post
    It's been a few years but had some great days with Gary skiing lines in EV and canyoneering in the Roost. He was a former patroller and all around good dude- kind, humble, soft-spoken. We had drifted apart but my life was brighter knowing that he was still getting after it high up in the Gore. And to have this happen, in the slackcountry on a green/yellow day, is just... fuck it all.

    RIP old friend

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    Gary Allen Smith, 37, was caught and killed in an avalanche in the backcountry near Beaver Creek Resort on Monday, the Eagle County Coroner has confirmed.

    The avalanche occurred in an area near the bottom of the Larkspur Bowl known as the Sanctuary Chute, below treeline in a steep northwest-facing chute at an elevation of around 10,500 feet near the Lime Creek drainage. Smith was trapped in the slide and his skiing companion was able to locate him, dig him out and call for help, but Smith did not survive.

    The Colorado Avalanche Information Center filed an initial report on Monday and will file a follow-up report.

    The fatality is the 35th avalanche death in the U.S. this season and the 12th in Colorado, making it the deadliest avalanche season since the 1992-93 season in Colorado, when 12 people also died.

    Smith was a well-known local backcountry skier who worked at a backcountry shop and was a gear editor at wildsnow.com. The website describes him as an “obsessive tinkerer and modifier of his gear, rarely satisfied with stock options and always looking for improvement.”
    Gary Allen Smith is remembered as a backcountry adventurer who loved winter.

    Smith is a former ski patroller who began backcountry touring after an injury. Before moving to the Vail area he lived in Taos, New Mexico.
    sorry to hear about this. Godspeed

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    RIP

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    Sorry for your loss guys. Guy sounded like a good man and was taken way too soon.

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    He's too young. RIP...

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    Very sad to hear about Gary. Never met him but I really appreciated his content on Wildsnow. Definitely one of their best contributors


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    There is a report up on CAIC. Can't tell if it is preliminary or final. Doesn't have all the info typically associated with a final report but it also usually starts off by saying it's a preliminary report if that's the case.
    https://avalanche.state.co.us/accidents/colorado/
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    RIP Ghostrider. Miss you brother.


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    RIP. I didn't know the deceased but knew of him and we shared mutual friends. Sad season.

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