1/5/2019 – Upper Senator Beck Basin avalanche fatality near Red Mountain Pass ~ UPDATE ~ CAIC


Senator Beck Basin, Eric Ming photo



Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY REPORT: A group of backcountry skiers participating in an avalanche safety course triggered an avalanche on the afternoon of January 5. All six members of the group were caught in the avalanche. The avalanche released a second avalanche sympathetically. The second avalanche ran over the debris pile of the first slide. One member of the group was buried in the debris of the two avalanches. The rest of the group located him and extricated him from under at least 2.5 m of snow. They tried to revive him on site but were unsuccessful. The rest of the group made their way to US 550 with the help of San Juan County Search and Rescue, Ouray Mountain Rescue,  La Plata County Search and Rescue, Careflight, and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

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Fatal avalanche involved students with Silverton Avalanche School

A photo of the spot where an avalanche was triggered Saturday, catching six people taking part in an avalanche training course, killing one.

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Avalanche School student killed at Red Mountain Pass

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San Juan County is facing possible liability in deadly slide San Juan County officials have expressed some concern that the county may have some liability exposure for an avalanche fatality that occurred in Ouray County last weekend. The avalanche death occurred during a Silverton Avalanche School program at Red Mountain Pass.

The avalanche school is a function of San Juan County Search-and-Rescue. Search-and-rescue gets its authority under state statute via the Sheriffs Department.


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