Skier buried in inbound avalanche at Steamboat Colorado

With big snow falls across Colorado and Utah right now, avalanches are on the increase. A 21 year old skier was buried in an avalanche at Steamboat on Sunday local time after traversing into the resort’s apron between the double black Chute 1 and Chute 2.

The run was inbounds but was closed at the top at the time. However the skiers traversed into the area at Big Meadow which was open.

This area is below the chutes and the avalanche is believed to have been human triggered from below.

The resort, like most of Colorado, currently has an unstable snowpack after early winter snowfalls in October (over a metre) followed by warm temperatures and rainfall and then new snow this week. 

Steamboat ski patrol were dispatched in the early afternoon and within nine minutes the skier was dug out and taken by ambulance to the nearby medical centre. He was conscious and breathing at the time. 

Sadly a backcountry skier died on the weekend in Utah on the backcountry slopes in an area that can be accessed from the top of 9990 in The Canyons, Park City.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.