Ski season deaths: James Lindenblatt's is among two that won't count toward Colorado total


Here's the account of what happened, from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center:
The avalanche happened in the Raspberry Creek drainage which is part of the Raggeds Wilderness area. Four backcountry skiers were descending steep westerly aspect terrain off the Marble Peak Ridge Sunday afternoon. The fourth skier triggered a soft slab and was buried and killed in the resulting slab avalanche.
The CAIC includes two photos of the area. The first depicts the avalanche on the west and northwest aspects of Marble Peak Ridge:

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Colorado Avalanche Information Center
The second shows what's called a "deeper persistent slab triggered by skier. Storm slab [at the top of the photo] and to the right was triggered first, then stepped down to the persistent slab."

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Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Lindenblatt reportedly was wearing an avalanche beacon. Nevertheless, he died before he could be rescued from the slide.

The CAIC notes that Lindenblatt's death was the second due to an avalanche this season, Hileman's being the first. Meanwhile, there have been two official deaths at ski resorts: Tristan Bartlett, thirteen, who died at Copper Mountain on January 4, and Doae Oh, twenty, killed in a January 9 accident at Keystone. Both hit trees; neither were wearing helmets.

In all, however, five people have died skiing in Colorado thus far this season. Our condolences.

More from our News archive: "Ski area death of Patsy Hileman shouldn't count toward resort fatalities, industry group says."


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Tarik Ocon
Tarik Ocon

Time to ban skiing, think of the children.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The Ski Industry must have hired Donald Rumsfeld to do the body counting ...

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

Of course it makes sense. Money talks in this state and, well, lives are cheap. Right?

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Skiing should be banned! If only one live is saved it is worth it.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Why isn't the public going after the resorts,  as it is doing w/ the theater in Aurora ?

Makes about as much sense ........

Kris Call
Kris Call

makes sense to me, he died of 'natural causes'

Tracey Nichols
Tracey Nichols

oh so when Ski season begins and we us faux snow, falling off the edge won't count either eh?? How convenient....

Nicole Mills
Nicole Mills

Really... who is making bones (pun intended) about death counts? Get a fucking life/real job!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Tarik Ocon ... you should be thinking about a vasectomy 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@chrisestus "If only one live [sic] is saved it is worth it."

Gun Loons = uneducated morons

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... because The Public -- via the Elected Legislature -- long ago enacted State Law which exempts Ski areas from any liability for skier injury or death ... all in exchange for the promise of more tourism $$.


JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

My mis-typing doesn't change the fact that skiing kills and should be stopped.

No Snakes
No Snakes

Donkey... It's not all about guns.  The Nanny State has imposed a lot of laws and regulations on us for the sake "of saving one life..."  Examples?  Seatbelts, motorcycle helmits, bicycle helmets, marijuana restrictions... I could go on.  These intrusive government types say they are doing what's in the best interest of the people.  Like THEY know what's best for us and we can't decide for ourselves.  By the way, the far left is far more guilty of this than the right...

What we need are FEWER laws and government regulations (which are laws they couldn't legislate in a million years) and more freaking FREEDOM to choose for ourselves.

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