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Here is one way to ruin the excitement of today's snow. I feel sick after reading this -- 




Vail skier dies in avalanche


Juvenile skier was in closed area, authorities said


VAIL, Colorado — A skier died Sunday after being caught in an avalanche in a closed area on Vail Mountain, authorities said.

The skier was a juvenile, said Jessie Mosher of the Eagle County Sheriff's Office, adding she did not yet know his or her exact age, name or gender. The call came in to authorities at around 1:30 p.m, Mosher said.

The avalanche occurred on Upper Prima Cornice, which is a double-black-diamond run on Vail Mountain, said Don Dressler, snow ranger for the U.S. Forest Service's Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District. The area was closed to skiers, Dressler said.

“There were two in the party skiing together,” Dressler said. “One was able to ski for help. When Ski Patrol was able to respond, that was when they started to perform CPR.”

Vail Mountain reported 9 inches of new snow as of 6 a.m. Sunday morning. The avalanche danger for the Vail area is currently rated as high.

“The weak snowpack will not be able to handle this new load,” today's report for the Summit-Vail area by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said. “Human and naturally triggered avalanches are very likely today. You will be able to trigger avalanches from remote distances and from low-angle or even flat terrain. You need to use extra caution near or below any slope approaching 30 degrees.


Edited by segbrown - 1/22/12 at 4:22pm