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Date: 2001-03-18
Submitted By: CAIC; ATKINS
Place: Farwell Mountain in Routt County
State: CO
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
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

Colorado.

The 34-year-old victim was a long time resident of

Steamboat Springs.

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

not.

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.

Atkins (3/19/01)

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Steamboat skier dies in

avalanche

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

snow.

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

County.

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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