Avalanche report in Breckenridge a false alarm Sunday | SummitDaily.com

Avalanche report in Breckenridge a false alarm Sunday

When a cornice broke and slid down the ridge facing the Breckenridge City Market on Sunday, the Breckenridge Ski Patrol received a call about an avalanche, Summit County Rescue Group spokesman Jim Koegel said.

Because the slide was out of the resort’s boundaries, Breckenridge Ski Resort patrollers called it into the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, reporting it as a confirmed burial, Koegel said.

But when rescue group members arrived on scene at about 1 p.m., they performed a search that confirmed no one was buried under the snow.

“Somebody probably broke it, but there was a track out,” Koegel said, adding, “It wasn’t a true slide. The cornice broke and sat down. If it had run down the hill, it would be more than just a cornice breaking.”

Approximately 20 responders arrived on scene, and Flight for Life did a fly-over of the site. Rescue group responders left the scene at about 2 p.m.

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