Misjudgments led to fatal avalanche on Red Mountain Pass, report says

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Misjudgments led to fatal avalanche on Red Mountain Pass, report says

Combination of factors contributed to man’s death
The avalanche slide paths where a backcountry skier was killed Jan. 5 while taking part in a Silverton Avalanche School course on Red Mountain Pass. The two avalanches triggered by the group are outlined in red. The red arrow is pointing to the estimated area where the group entered the slope. The avalanche outlined in yellow was triggered with an explosive on Jan. 8 during search and rescue operations. The blue star is the approximate location of the burial site.

Misjudgments led to fatal avalanche on Red Mountain Pass, report says

The avalanche slide paths where a backcountry skier was killed Jan. 5 while taking part in a Silverton Avalanche School course on Red Mountain Pass. The two avalanches triggered by the group are outlined in red. The red arrow is pointing to the estimated area where the group entered the slope. The avalanche outlined in yellow was triggered with an explosive on Jan. 8 during search and rescue operations. The blue star is the approximate location of the burial site.

Misjudgments led to fatal avalanche on Red Mountain Pass, report says

The area where two avalanches killed a backcountry skier who was taking part in a Silverton Avalanche School course earlier this month on Red Mountain Pass.

Misjudgments led to fatal avalanche on Red Mountain Pass, report says

Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Looking up at the first avalanche triggered by a group on Jan. 5. The yellow labels show the approximate locations of the skiers at the end of the first avalanche. Skier 2 was buried outside of the frame of this image.
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