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# 2 Inbounds avalanche at A-Basin kills Boulder man

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A sunny and warm day of spring skiing at Arapahoe Basin came to a screeching halt last May when an avalanche tore down the face of Pallavicini, sweeping 53-year-old Boulder resident and family man David Conway to his death. Ski patrollers found Conway 30 minutes after the avalanche, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Coroner Joanne Richardson later said his cause of death was a head injury.

Conway’s death was the first avalanche fatality at a ski resort in Colorado since Jan. 9, 1975.The 150-foot wide slide fractured at about 10:30 in the morning and rumbled more than 1,300 feet down the gladed First Alley expert-level trail.

The U.S. Forest Service investigated the accident, and exonerated A-Basin of any blame, instead calling for more research into wet slab avalanches.The review said the small ski area had fulfilled the intent of its snow safety plan and its special use permit.



The Forest Service is currently setting up a study of wet slab conditions that could help ski area snow safety workers better understand the relationship between snow structure and warming temperatures.


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