A-Basin Ski Resort Exonerated In Avalanche Death

Denver (AP) Results of a U.S. Forest Service–led investigation released Friday exonerate the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in the first avalanche death in 30 years within the boundaries of a ski area. The team that did the investigation called for more research into so–called wet slab avalanches as a result of the death of 53–year–old Doug Conway of Boulder.

Doug Abromeit, Director of the Forest Service's National
Avalanche Center, said the ski area, "fulfilled the spirit and intent" of its snow safety plan and special use permit.

Jim Chalat, a lawyer representing Conway's family, said they appreciate the effort the Forest Service put into the report, but he also noted the safety standards enforced by the Forest Service do not take into account a high altitude ski area staying open until late May with temperatures remaining above freezing.

The investigation's results were released Friday in Silverthorne.

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