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12/17/08 at 6:16am
An old boss of mine was a patroller at Snowbasin. At the time, the bottom of the downhill was a mogul run. He told me that he saw it fracture all the way to the ground and the whole mogul field slid.
I'm very sorry for this family's loss. Bob glad to hear you are ok as well. Everybody be careful out there.
|December 7, 08:
The High Mountain Police (PGHM) have called for skiers to be “more prudent” after a grim series of avalanches took the lives of three skiers in the Alps. The avalanches follow a warning issued on on Friday by the French Weather service. A warning repeated by the Préfecture of the Alpes-Maritimes on Saturday morning.
They warned winter sports enthusiasts that the snow pack at the start of the season is “particularly dangerous and hard to analyze”.
|Dec. 14, 08
A Swiss snowshoer has been killed by an avalanche in the French Jura at 15h00, the slide seriously injured his wife. The avalanche occurred near the ski resort of the col de la Faucille on steep slopes under the Petit Montrond at around 1200 meters. The couple were apparently following the steep vie de Chaux trail in the wooded Pailly sector. It appears the man was killed instantly after colliding with a tree.
|Avalanche claims former ski patroller
by Curtis Wackerle
Dec. 16, 2008
A former ski patroller, experienced mountaineer and father died Sunday afternoon in an avalanche while skiing just out of bounds from Aspen Mountain.
Searchers recovered the body of Cory Brettmann, 52, around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, after receiving a call around 7 p.m. reporting that Brettmann had not returned as expected from skiing that day.
Brettmann, a 26-year veteran of the Aspen Mountain and Breckenridge ski patrols who retired in 2006, took his last run on Powerline, a popular sidecountry run that is easily accessed by a short hike and traverse from the top of the Silver Queen Gondola, with return access to the resort from Lud’s Lane in the Walsh’s run area.
Brettmann died from asphyxiation, but also suffered serious trauma in the slide, according to Pitkin County Coroner Dr. Steve Ayers.