Two killed in Aspen avalanche
March 13, 2007
ASPEN – An avalanche Tuesday swept away three cross-country skiers on Mount Shimer, killing two.Jason Luck, 33, of Arvada, wasn’t buried and survived and called for help on a mobile phone, Pitkin County sheriff’s patrol director Jeff Lumsden said. Luck freed one of the victims who was unconscious and not breathing, while the other victim was buried under an estimated 8 feet of snow and had stopped breathing, sheriff’s officials said.”It was the side of the mountain,” Lumsden said of the avalanche two football fields wide that broke away at about the 11,500 foot elevation mark.Lumsden said the victims were from New York City, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Names were not immediately released.The slide happened about 5 miles southeast of Aspen in the White River National Forest.The Colorado Avalanche Information Center rated the danger in the mountains near Aspen as considerable and advised those in avalanche terrain to continually analyze conditions.