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Old 04-20-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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5 killed in Loveland Pass avalanche

CNN is reporting 5 killed in Loveland Pass avalanche :

Five members of backcountry snowboarder group were found dead Saturday after they were trapped by an avalanche on a high mountain pass in Colorado's White River National Forest, officials from the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office told CNN.

One member survived the avalanche at Loveland Pass, located about 50 miles west of Denver, the officials said.

Responders, including Alpine rescuers, firefighters and EMS teams, are on site at the pass, which has an elevation of 11,990 feet, the Sheriff's Department said.



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Old 04-20-2013, 06:32 PM   #2
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:17 PM   #3
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Really bad, sad news. Condolences to all involved.


http://www.9news.com/news/article/33...-Loveland-Pass


Very unfortunately probably related to this.


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Old 04-20-2013, 08:18 PM   #4
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As a former BC snowboard enthusiast, my prayers to the families. It's a dangerous place. Hence, the 'former' moniker. The risk didn't match the reward, since Craig Kelly passed many years ago...
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:22 PM   #5
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Bummer- I rode the pass to the south about 2 weeks ago and there were many back country skiers and snow boarders around- so sad.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:32 PM   #6
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I was skiing at Loveland Basin today. Didn't hear about this until I got home. What a shame, especially if it was part of an event.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:55 PM   #7
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Was at that event at the Dam last night, tragic to know a few of those people may not be with us any longer.... Be safe out there. Snow pack is extremely unstable right now, nearly 5 feet in a week after unseasonably warm temperatures is recipe for disaster.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:35 AM   #8
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A prayer for God's strength in their pain and loss.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:56 PM   #9
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I was there in the morning and with one run down the middle where the slide danger was nil, I knew the condition on the steeps was extreme and I told several of the skiers I gave a lift back up to the top that they should avoid anything over 25 degrees but they just said they had beacons and shovels and probes and were going anyway. It is so unfortunate that the extreme videos show the pro riders and skiers riding and sking in extreme terrain and they make it look reasonably safe. The uninformed don't realize that for these videos most of the conditions are pre evaluated before the pros do their thing. They understand this is their profession and take all precautions. The people that I saw yesterday did not check with the avalanche center for conditions and three never did any search practice excercises with their beacons. My thoughts are with their souls and their families.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:41 PM   #10
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I was there in the morning and with one run down the middle where the slide danger was nil, I knew the condition on the steeps was extreme and I told several of the skiers I gave a lift back up to the top that they should avoid anything over 25 degrees but they just said they had beacons and shovels and probes and were going anyway. It is so unfortunate that the extreme videos show the pro riders and skiers riding and sking in extreme terrain and they make it look reasonably safe. The uninformed don't realize that for these videos most of the conditions are pre evaluated before the pros do their thing. They understand this is their profession and take all precautions. The people that I saw yesterday did not check with the avalanche center for conditions and three never did any search practice excercises with their beacons. My thoughts are with their souls and their families.
Beacons, shovels and probes usually make it easier to find the bodies. Too bad. Sounds like a huge slide. 300 yards across.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:09 AM   #11
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I'm surprised it does not happen more often on Loveland Pass. I see people there all the time in iffy conditions often riding or skiing on their own.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:40 AM   #12
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Te area where the slide was is not the easiest to access from the top of the pass. It usually requires about a 45 minute hike and the best line starts from almost the top of lift 1 at Loveland. The unfortunate issue is that all of the approaches for this side of the basin are subject to considerable wind loading from the prevailing winds. The cornices up there on Sat were huge and ripe for fracture.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:23 AM   #13
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Such a sad tragedy. I had a friend who was supposed to go riding with one of the guys next week. Seems like they were all snowboarding industry professionals, from what i could find. I read an article on the X games site and at least one of the guys was a very highly trained backcountry guide according to a source who I have known in the snowboard industry since the late 80s. His opinion I trust highly. I think this is another case of accidents in the sports us thrill seekers do can and will occur. Sure hindsight will prove safer, to not take any risks, but that is not what drives a lot of people towards their "happy" places. I feel for all the family and friends affected by this, and I know the Colorado snowboard industry will be reeling from this one for awhile...
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:25 PM   #14
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Shit was sliding -everywhere- this week.
Even the little stuff we were on was sliding.


The darker layer in the middle of the cookie is the weak layer, the crust that formed on top from the nice weather we've had. Brown's from the dust that got blown around.
Towards my arm is the new stuff that fell this week.
The crusty brown shit is like ball bearings for the heavy, more cohesive snow, to slide on. And once that cracks loose, the weaker layers deeper down in the snowpack break free, and the whole damn mountain comes down.


That slide at Vail Pass on thursday, I know two guys who have been caught on that exact same hill before. It slides every year.
https://avalanche.state.co.us/acc/ac...ep&view=public

The loveland slide was huuuuge.
https://avalanche.state.co.us/acc/ac...05&view=public
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:18 PM   #15
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The darker layer in the middle of the cookie is the weak layer, the crust that formed on top from the nice weather we've had. Brown's from the dust that got blown around.
After the first 15" or so inches of powder here in Ned we actually got a couple inches of soggy brown snow last week. At first I thought the light was screwing with my eyes for a bit, but it really snowed brown that evening. Next day was back to more white powder.
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