Roaring Fork Valley man killed in Express Creek avalanche near Aspen
Slide occurred Monday morning in Markley Hut area
Jason Auslander / The Aspen Times
“Conditions out there were very treacherous,” he said, alluding to snow that began falling soon after the avalanche was reported and didn’t stop all day.The members of the hut group were put in contact with the Aspen Hope Center for grief counseling services, according to the statement.The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported Monday afternoon the slide was on a “north-northeast facing slope at about 11,200 feet, breaking 2 feet deep, 500 feet wide, and running about 600 vertical feet.” A CAIC investigator was on scene to try to determine the cause of the avalanche, Steindler said.The Markley Hut is located outside Ashcroft in the Express Creek drainage and is part of the Alfred A. Braun hut system.The CAIC had warned of potential unstable snow in the backcountry, and issued a “special avalanche advisory” Saturday through Monday, according to its website.“Avalanche conditions are dangerous,” the advisory stated. “Backcountry travelers can easily trigger very large and deadly avalanches.“Since January 11, the CAIC has documented 10 people caught in avalanches, 44 avalanches triggered by backcountry travelers and over 280 avalanches in total.”email@example.com
Our office has been notified of an avalanche outside Aspen, in the area of the Markley Hut. The slide caught one individual & has claimed the life of that individual. Deputies & @MtnRescueAspen are making a plan now. Updates will be available as we learn more information. pic.twitter.com/pbFF3Tg1Fd— Pitkin Co. Sheriff (@PitkinSheriff) January 21, 2019
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