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Date: 2002-03-17
Submitted By: CAIC
Place: Pagoda Peak, 36 miles SW of Steamboat
State: CO
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught buried and kille

Pagoda Peak, CO

March 17, 2002

3 snowmobilers caught, 1 partly buried,

and 1 buried and killed

Provisional Report -- Report subject to change as more information is learned.

Date & Time: March 17, 2002; 1:30 pm


Pagoda Peak, North side of Flat Tops, in Northeast Rio Blanco County. 35 miles ENE of Meeker and 36 miles SW of Steamboat.

Elevation: 11,100 feet

Aspect: East


A 31-year-old Craig man was buried and killed in a medium-sized avalanche that was triggered while he and other snowmobilers were high marking. One other rider was partly buried. The soft slab avalanche occurred at about 1:30 on Sunday afternoon. Rescuers from Rio Blanco Sheriff's Search and Rescue and Routt County Search and Rescue found the man about 8:00 pm while spot probing a portion of the debris. He was buried under 3 feet of snow. He was still on his snowmobile which was completely buried. Rescuers described the avalanche as 300-400 feet wide by 400 vertical feet. A picture is posted on the Rio Blanco County Sheriff Department's web site (click below).