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Search and Rescue Operation January 21, 2016

Crested Butte, Gunnison National Forest Gunnison County, Colorado

On January 21, 2016, at approximately 2:00 p.m. an avalanche was triggered by backcountry users in Ruby Bowl near Kebler Pass located in the Gunnison National Forest, Gunnison County, Colorado. The estimated location is at tree line with avalanche danger at this elevation rated as “Considerable (3)” according to the Crested Butte Avalanche Center Website. Crested Butte Search and Rescue teams were put on stand-by at the time of the call.

The avalanche, occurring close to ski operations at the Irwin Lodge, was witnessed by Irwin Guides who immediately responded to the scene. Reportedly, members of the skiing party were found actively digging near a tree well where one individual was partially buried. Early information indicates a victim was carried by the slide to this area. Irwin Guides transported one individual via ski toboggan and snowmobile to the Kebler Trailhead and a waiting ambulance where Crested Butte EMTs took over medical service and made transport to Gunnison Valley Hospital. Victim information and condition is not released pending family notification.

Additional information will be release as available.

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