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These were all attendees of the Splitfest at Loveland today. Which I did not attend. I chose to go to Bert for various reasons. I did have a couple of friends at the split fest though they were not with this group. From what I am hearing this is starting to sound an awful lot like tunnel creek. This one is going to hurt. The bc community here is going to be rocked by this one.

RIP to the five souls lost.
 

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Our news said there was a sixth person, but they were rescued... So sad.
 

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From what I am hearing this is starting to sound an awful lot like tunnel creek.
This is the first thing I thought too. :(

http://mtnweekly.com/news/loveland-pass-avalanche-kills-5-experienced-backcountry-snowboarders

"One of the victims was a respected backcountry guide, another a local snowboard representative"

I don't like this at all. Too much like Tunnel Creek. Probably someone a lot of us know or know of. Word was it was an acquaintance from my CO trip last month, but that's thankfully been disproven on another forum.
 

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I'm anxiously awaiting to hear about some guys....this is really bad...
 

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Colorado authorities identify 5 riders killed in Loveland Pass avalanche - X Games

Colorado authorities have identified the victims of a backcountry avalanche on Saturday as five experienced snowboarders and skiers who were participating in a community event promoting backcountry safety and gear.

The Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Gathering's organizer, Joe Timlin, who worked as the Rocky Mountain sales manager for various snowboard brands, was among the deceased, according to the Clear Creek County Coroner's office.
"I lost a very dear friend today," said Adam Schmidt, editor of Snowboard Colorado Magazine, one of the event's sponsors. "I helped Joe put this community event together. Everybody in the snowboard community here knew him, and he was an awesome guy. Our hearts go out to the families of those that were lost at Loveland Pass. We are all very saddened by the news we received of this tragedy ... The avalanche triggered above them and pretty much just buried all of them."

Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger identified the other victims, all from Colorado, as: Christopher Peters, 32, of Lakewood; Ryan Novack, 33, of Boulder; Ian Lanphere, 36, of Crested Butte, and Rick Gaukel, 33, of Estes Park. A sixth rider, Jerome Boulay, sales manager for Silverton, Colo.-based Venture Snowboards, was partially buried and survived the slide. All six were reportedly expert riders and were equipped with proper backcountry gear, including avalanche beacons.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the Loveland Pass avalanche was about 500 feet wide and 4 feet deep.
 

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I just discovered this terrible news :(
I just met Joe when he came for the Industry demo days here at Snowbasin in Feb. Helped him set up and break down his tent for YES snowboards and had a few beers together while he enjoyed the hospitality of two of my good friends who have known Joe for years. He was a super cheerful guy and well respected in the community. Great guy. Total shame to hear this. RIP Joe.. and to your all of your friends.

Here's his industry profile and interview from Shayboarder.com

Industry Profile: YES/Jones/NOW Rep Joe Timlin

 

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Tragic. I will be in CO next week. Was planning on buying a Splitboard and trying it out near A- Basin and Loveland pass. I may reconsider and wait until next year to try it out in the B.C. Some of the guys were wearing avalungs and one with an ABS pack, neither helped to save any lives. What can we learn from this? Don't trust a backpack to save your life. The only thing these devices can do is slightly increase your odds of survival when playing avalanche roulette.

R.I.P to all those dudes. I am completely heartbroken for the new family that just lost a father. As a father myself it is something that is always at the top of my mind when I venture out into the B.C. Which is becoming a lot less frequent these days and may end altogether due to climate change and snowpack instability.
 

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Rockpen, it all depends on the consequence of what you are exposed too. Getting strained through trees is very high consequence. That will shred bags and break bones. Not sure if an airbag was even deployed. Once the only survivor replies will we know more.

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Rockpen, it all depends on the consequence of what you are exposed too. Getting strained through trees is very high consequence. That will shred bags and break bones. Not sure if an airbag was even deployed. Once the only survivor replies will we know more.

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if they were at the bottom of the slope and it slid down on top of them into the flats (which right now is what sounds like happened) then an airbag probably wouldn't do any good..
 

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Wonder if this will cause a rethink of how splitfests are organized, how groups and locations are decided...maybe the whole concept of big backcountry festivals. Seems so huge and tragic it would have to get everyone thinking

Rip to them all, and strength to the families and friends
 

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if they were at the bottom of the slope and it slid down on top of them into the flats (which right now is what sounds like happened) then an airbag probably wouldn't do any good..
I don't think they were at the bottom of the slope. From what I've heard it sounds like they were near treeline but again, second hand info.
 

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Low in the avalanche path is a relative term in this case. The start zone we definitely way above them. I am familiar with the area, though I have never toured out there. You can see it from the highway. There are just a few spots on Loveland Pass I have visited a decent number of times. Grizzly Gulch being one of the main spots. Lots of big open terrain on that pass above trees. Some amazing riding in the right conditions actually. Kind of Alaska like, minus the 60 degree slopes, feet of snow, 4k vertical lines. So not really Alaska, but really fun blow your tail out turns can be had there.
 

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I've got to hand it to Jason Blevins on his coverage of this. He is doing a pretty decent job. The latest updated article from the Denver Post gives you a better idea as to what happened.
Colorado avalanche victims were part of snowboard gathering turned tragic - The Denver Post

Sounds like they were coming in from a switchback on the highway and traversing the path. How high up, not sure, nor how close to treeline. It does sound like trees played a factor in the tragic results.
 

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Would an avalung even help with the concrete like car sized chunks I read about in the other thread? Crazy stuff.

Makes you step back for a second when reading these articles.
 

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Hard to say Jdang. Your chances of surviving a burial like that are much lower, but if you did and had the avalung in your mouth, it would certainly help. Being on top of the snow is even better. This is where airbags have been shown to be so effective. The problem here is in this sort of terrain there were a lot of things to shred an airbag.

Avoidance has always been the best practice. Of course you can avoid it completely by not going into the mountains, but then you wouldn't be snowboarding either.
 
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