Published on : Monday, February 17, 2014
The conditions have been unstable for skiing and for people, who are not accustomed to the back country conditions, such fatal incidents can occur, said Susan Matthews emergency management spokeswoman. She also added that search parties had to brave very, very steep terrain and high risks of another snow slide while following signals from the emergency beacons the skiers wore.
The two skiers were a part of a group of seven who were caught in the rugged back country east of Aspen on Saturday, 15.02.14. One of the three survivors was released from a hospital on Sunday, while two others were transferred to other medical centers and two more were unharmed.
Skiers have succumbed to avalanche in the last week; there have been reports from Colorado, Utah and Oregon. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued warnings that cover much of the state’s ski country throughout the weekend.
Layers beneath the surface of the snow pack, rapid warming and strong winds can lead to unusual and surprising avalanches in the Rocky Mountains warned the centre. Dangerous avalanche warnings have been issued in New Mexico border north to Wyoming. Very large avalanches are taking out very old trees, mine buildings and burying roadways with 20 feet of debris. The terrain is unsafe for skiers at this point.