A skier triggered and was caught and carried in an avalanche on Loveland Pass, CO, on Friday October 29th, 2021.
The slide occurred in an area locally known as the Kitchen Wall. The other two avalanches seen in the photo ran sympathetically.
Two experienced skiers were involved and had done everything right, according to Summit County Search and Rescue Group. They were carrying all the necessary avalanche safety gear and dug a snow pit to test the pack, before skiing down the slope one at a time.
The second skier triggered the slide and was carried 400-feet. Neither skier was injured or buried.
The snowpack is touchy, especially in steep areas below ridgelines and in steep confined gullies where winds have deposited deeper snow over weak early season snow on the ground. The most likely spots for you to trigger one of these avalanches are steep northerly and easterly-facing slopes near and above the treeline. Avoid these types of areas to stay safe, avalanches are already growing large enough to hurt you.
There have been 17 avalanches reported in Colorado in the last two weeks. Always check colorado.gov/avalanche for conditions before heading out into the backcountry.