Man rescued after triggering avalanche near tunnel

SUMMIT COUNTY – A man who was carried down past two cliff bands after he triggered a large avalanche not far from the Eisenhower Tunnel Monday is expected to survive.

The victim, identified only as a Front Range man in his 20s, was skiing by himself near the top of Coon Hill when he triggered the slide.

He called 911 at around noon, according to the Summit County Rescue Group, and told dispatchers he had been partially buried in an avalanche. Authorities were able to get his coordinates from his cell phone.

The skier suffered serious injuries, and was carried down the mountain by toboggan before he was taken to Denver via ambulance. 

The Summit County Rescue group says the man did have a locator beacon and other survival gear at the time of the slide.

(© 2016 KUSA)


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