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Date: 2008-12-17
Submitted By: CAIC
Place: NW of Crested Butte - Happy Chutes
State: CO
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 snowboarder caught, buried, and killed

On the afternoon of Wenesday December 17, a solo 37-year-old snowboarder was killed in an avalanche approximately 2 miles northwest of Crested Butte. The avalanche occurred in an area known as the Happy Chutes. The soft slab avalanche ran approximately 1500 vertical feet through small trees, over a cliff and into a confined gully. The avalanche was large relative to the path (SS-AR-R4D2-O). The rider was traveling alone and the details of how the accident occurred are not known.