Backcountry Rescue

A backcountry skiers skier was partially buried and sustained leg injuries, according to a Colorado Avalanche Information Center report from Tuesday, Dec. 24. The avalanche and initial seconds of a rescue attempt were captured on video by another skier in the area.

Despite the happy ending, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reminding backcountry riders to take special care during the Christmas holiday, especially with more snow in the forecast. If venturing into the backcountry, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center report said riders should always watch their partners on their descent to a safe area in case of a slide. It also is good practice to not use pole straps.

Here in the Canadian Rockies the avalanche situation is very similar. We have a weak snow pack with weak layers of facets loaded with wind slab.

Merry Christmas and be safe in the backcountry!

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