Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: CAIC; ATKINS
Place: Farwell Mountain in Routt County
Summary: 1 skier caught, buried, and killed.
Farwell Mountain, CO
March 18, 2001
1 backcountry skier buried and killed
An experienced backcountry skier was buried and
killed in an avalanche Sunday afternoon on the East side
of Farwell Mountain in the Park Range in Northern
The 34-year-old victim was a long time resident of
The victim and 4 friends were snowmobiling and skiing
on Farwell Mountain (10,840 feet), about 27 miles N of
Steamboat Springs and about 5 miles ENE of Steamboat
Lake. At about 1330 hours the group was skiing the
slope one-at-a-time when the avalanche released. The
group had already skied the slope at least once earlier
in the day.
The man was buried about 3-4 feet deep and was found
by an avalanche rescue dog 3 hours after the accident.
The dog found the buried man within minutes of arriving
at the site. Unfortuanately, while some in the group
carried avalanche rescue transceivers, the victim did
Nick Logan will be heading to the accident side on
Tuesday (March 20), and we will update this page as
more information becomes available.
This is the first fatal avalanche accident in Routt County
since December 1972.
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Steamboat skier dies in
By Steve Lipsher
Denver Post Mountain Bureau
Mar. 20, 2001 - An experienced Steamboat Springs
skier died in a small avalanche Sunday afternoon after
his companions could not locate him beneath the
The body of Sean Patrick Clancy, 34, was found in
minutes by a rescue dog - but more than three hours
after he had been buried on Farwell Mountain in Routt
He was not wearing an avalanche beacon, and
although he was buried under only 3 to 4 feet of
snow, his companions reportedly had inadequate
rescue gear such as shovels and probes.
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