There was yet another inbounds avalanche at a ski resort this week.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that a ski patroller was caught and became buried in a closed section of terrain at Steamboat Resort on Tuesday (December 6th). Further details about the avalanche, like the locations and individual that was buried, are unknown. Luckily, other ski patrollers were able to find and rescue the buried victim.
Loryn Duke, director of communications for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, released the following statement:
“Thanks to amazing team members’ fast reaction and really good training, our patroller was dug out pretty quickly and everyone is safe. This is an important reminder that snow conditions vary and slides can happen.”
It’s not the first time an avalanche has occurred around Steamboat in recent years. In March, an avalanche in the Fish Creek Bowl killed a famous local. Back in 2019, a significant avalanche in Chute 1 and Chute 2 caught three snowboarders, but they all luckily survived.
The situation serves as a reminder for guests to be mindful of early-season conditions, as avalanches are definitely possible at the moment. Based on the amount of snow that’s been accumulating out west, it may not be a bad idea to carry a beacon around while you’re skiing or riding.
Image Credits: Steamboat Resort