Photos: Six dead in western avalanches since Saturday, including Colorado's Ashleigh Cox
Yesterday, a few hours after we let you know about an avalanche near Keystone that killed a backcountry skier, Governor John Hickenlooper issued a warning about the danger of such slides -- and no wonder. Not only have two people in Colorado died in avalanches over recent days , but the fatality total is six when incidents from two other states are added. And in one of those tragedies, the person who passed away was Colorado Springs college student Ashleigh Cox, seen here. Photos, details and the Hickenlooper statement below.
More photos below.
In addition to the Keystone-area slide, another avalanche took place on Monday in the vicinity of Kebler Pass, west of Crested Butte.
According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, whose photos and captions appear here, two snowmobilers were caught in the slide, which occurred on a south and southeast-facing slope below the treeline.
Courtesy Colorado Avalanche Information Center "Looking up at the avalanche crown, 2/11. The avalanche was about 600 feet wide, 3 feet deep, and ran 750 vertical feet."
The CAIC estimates that the avalanche was 600 feet wide, with a crown averaging three feet in depth; it ran 750 vertical feet into the bottom of a valley, where debris piled up to twenty feet in height.
One snowmobiler was partially buried, but managed to survive. His companion wasn't so fortunate: He was killed.
Courtesy Colorado Avalanche Information Center "he avalanche crown, 2/10. The avalanche was about 600 feet wide, 3 feet deep, and ran 750 vertical feet. CBAC photo."
The latter fate also befell Ashleigh Cox, 21. KOAA-TV reports that she graduated from Doherty High School in Colorado Springs before attending Brigham Young University.
On Saturday at about 5:40 p.m., Cox and some friends were reportedly snowshoeing in Utah's American Fork Canyon, not far from the Tibble Fork Reservoir, when an avalanche struck. Cox wound up being pushed into a creek, with the snow overhead holding her underwater.
Continue for more about the six recent avalanche deaths in western states, including an additional photo and the Hickenlooper statement.