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Old 01-05-2011, 12:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It was a deep snow immersion. No tree well. Just snow so deep she got buried, couldn't free herself and suffocated. Scary. I guess this has happened one other time with this operation. During a previous owners watch. This is a tough one to pin down.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like we don't have many tree well deaths here in CO. Most of the ones I have heard of are in the PNW/Canada...
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like we don't have many tree well deaths here in CO. Most of the ones I have heard of are in the PNW/Canada...
I think we have already had a tree well death here. I know we had at least two last season. I had also thought that tree well deaths were rare in Colorado, but then I found out we are definitely in the top five. Which surprised me, because our snow pack is a shallow one. It rarely gets deeper than 10ft and generally speaking it's not much more than six feet deep. Part of that might just be due to the fact that we have way more skier visits than any other state. So increase the numbers and you increase the likely hood that you are going to have more NARSID incidents.
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tragic news...its just so hard for me to picture how one can suffocate from snow. i just cant compare it to being buried for instance by soil/dirt or quick sand
snow is a crazy substance...i know when i fall in deep pow sometimes a mouth full of pow can make you choke a little. and light fluffy snow is super hard to get a grip to push yourself up.
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