Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: AAA
Place: Arapahoe Basin
Summary: 15 in-area riders caught, 6-10 partly buried, 1 buried, 0 killed
From the CAIC:
On the morning of February 16th, the Arapahoe Basin ski patrol conducted avalanche hazard mitigation work in Montezuma Bowl. Upon concluding this work, ski area personnel decided to open portions of the area to directed skiing. The ski patrol took three groups (a total of 42 or 43 riders) through the Long Chute run. The last group of the day was a group of 14 customers that intended to descend the Cache Cornice run.
A group of 15 riders (1 ski patroller and 14 customers) entered the Cache Cornice run in the Montezuma Bowl of the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. The 14 riders followed the ski patroller to the top of Long Chute (an area directly east of Cache Cornice). The ski patroller skied to a rocky outcrop, which is below the Zuma Cornice and between Cache Cornice and Max (see images) and instructed the group to follow him to that location. The riders planned to regroup on the rocky outcrop and discuss the next portion of their descent. As the last few riders joined the group on the rock outcrop, the avalanche released.
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