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