Avalanche Incident Schuykill Ridge – Preliminary Info

Name: Zach Guy
Title: Avalanche Incident Schuykill Ridge
Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/18/2014
Aspect: North, North East
Elevation: NTL

Avalanches: We received a report of a skier triggered avalanche on Schuykill Ridge above the Slate River today. The skier was caught, carried, and injured. The victim was evacuated by helicopter to Gunnison, and is reportedly in stable condition. Our sincere condolences go out to the victim, family, and friends. The slide was reportedly triggered near the ridgeline on Schuykill Ridge, as the skier was dropping into a North or Northeast facing bowl near treeline. It broke an estimated 25-30′ wide, and several feet deep. The skier was carried approximately 150 to 200 feet before getting stopped by a tree, and the debris ran roughly 500 feet. A forecaster from the CBAC will be investigating the avalanche tomorrow, and we will post information as it becomes available.