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Date: 2008-12-14
Submitted By: CAIC
Place: Richmond Ridge
State: CO
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 skier caught, buried, and killed

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Sometime during the afternoon hours of Sunday December 14th, a lone backcountry skier was caught and killed in an avalanche in the Richmond Ridge area, just south of Aspen Mountain. The victim was last seen around 1 pm while skiing at the resort. Sometime between 1 and 3 pm he exited the resort through a backcountry gate heading southeast of the ski area and entered backcountry terrain in an area known as “Powerline”. Since he was traveling alone, the exact times and events leading up to the accident are not known.