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A backcountry skier was “briefly submerged” in an “small” avalanche Monday on Marble Point near Carbondale.
The avalanche, roughly 100 feet wide and 200 feet long, was trigged by a skier at about 10,400 feet in elevation, according to a report posted on the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
“Our group’s travels were masked by complacency as we traversed low angle slopes on the return to the car after having noted major instabilities at higher elevations,” said a member of the involved ski party in the CAIC post.
The incident was reported by Out There Colorado. The skier who was briefly submerged came to “rest atop the snowpack 100 or so feet above the toe of the slide.”
The author said the avalanche serves as a good reminder to keep rescue skills sharp and to carefully assess all terrain while backcountry skiing.
“This slide was a sharp reminder of the potential consequences of any backcountry terrain, even in the relatively benign areas.”
Monday’s avalanche happened in the Aspen Zone. The avalanche rating for the area Tuesday was “considerable” above treeline and near treeline, according to the CAIC. The CAIC defines the considerable rating as: “Dangerous avalanche conditions. Cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential.”
The level below treeline Tuesday was “Moderate” with “heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully.”