Avalanche kills Aspen ski patrol member

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Aspen Skiing Company officials say an on-duty ski patrol member has died in an avalanche, becoming the first reported avalanche fatality so far this winter.

The Denver Post reports that the 49-year-old Snowmass employee was killed when the avalanche carried her over a cliff Sunday.

The resort says she was skiing alone in an area known as the Ship's Prow Glades. Her name hasn't been released.

Experts say that the season's dry start could mean increased avalanche danger later. Brian Lazar with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center tells The Summit Daily News that a weak base layer has been topped with more snow than last season.

Last year's first death of seven came in January. An average of 25 people die in avalanches in the U.S. every year.

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  • by Coyote Location: Palisade on Dec 31, 2012 at 05:46 AM
    I'd say that's NOT TOO BAD. Being January of last year (that would make it 2011) until December of this year (that would be 2012) with NO DEATHS for 23 Months. Just think, a day or two more and it would have been two years. Condolences to Her Family, Friends, Coworkers, and all who knew her.
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