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Date: 2015-02-23
Submitted By: AAA
Place: Aspen, Aspen Mountain, Ophir Gulch
State: CO
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 out-of-area skier caught and killed

On Monday evening the Aspen Daily News and Aspen Times reported a skier was killed outside of the Aspen ski area this afternoon in an area called Ophir Gulch, which is along the west side of the ski area. The Aspen Ski Patrol was involved in initial rescue efforts, but the body was not recovered. Mountain Rescue Aspen recovered the body Tuesday morning (2/24).

The Aspen Mountain ski area reported 12" of snow in the previous 48 hours and the CAIC rated the avalanche danger at considerable for all elevations and aspects.

The CAIC will be visiting the site and will post details soon. A link will be provided.

Media Report

Official Report Provisional report from the CAIC:

Posted: 23 Feb 2015, 1925 MST

Updated: 24 Feb 2015, 2235 MST -- the area was misidentified as Keno Gulch. The accident occurred in an area informally called Ophir Gulch. On March 8, 1998, an avalanche killed a solo out-of-area skier in the same drainage. That skier was only partly buried but was swept into aspen trees where he succumbed to his injuries. Paragliders spotted his body several days later.