According to a Facebook post from the Summit County Rescue Group, two snowboarders were rescued after being caught up in avalanche activity in the side country of Arapahoe Basin. The rescue required careful snowpack evaluation and cautious route finding amid the extremely fragile snow conditions.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center deemed the current conditions on both the back and side countries as considerable, with dangerous avalanche conditions present. Avalanche conditions around the state are considered “moderate” in most places, according to the CAIC, who also reports that 76 avalanches have been observed around the state this month.
A report from The Summit Daily stated the two snowboarders, Josh Moser and Patrick Powers, got lost hiking up to the top of the mountain near the Montezuma Bowl, where they were suddenly swept away by an avalanche as they attempted to hike back inbounds.
The “side country” is considered to be backcountry terrain that’s outside of resort boundaries but accessible from the resort. Generally, it is not patrolled.
Arapahoe Basin’s Montezuma Bowl is located over the back side of the summit and offers 400 acres of cliffs, groomed runs, open bowl skiing, and glade skiing.
Thanks goes out to all of the rescue efforts that were involved, including The Summit County Rescue Group and A-Basin Ski Patrol.
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