A woman partially buried in an avalanche has been taken to an area hospital as crews work to bring the man she was with down the mountain.
The avalanche happened at around 11:45 a.m. Friday west of Grays and Torreys Peaks near Georgetown, according to the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Department. It was reported to officials by a man who was with the woman. Officials were concerned when they were unable to locate him.
At around 1:30 p.m. a Flight for Life helicopter was launched. The Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol was dropped in the area with a search and rescue dog and additional rescue crews. The man was found a short time later alive and well.
The woman, who is able to speak with officials, is being treated at Summit County Medical Center.
SUMMIT COUNTY - A woman slid 1,000 feet as she was partially buried in an avalanche on Friday morning.
The avalanche happened at around 11:45 a.m. Friday west of Grays and Torreys Peaks near Georgetown, according to the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies say Sara Thompson of Boulder and Dwight Sunwall of Castle Rock were snowshoeing in the Ruby Gultch area when Thompson triggered the snow slide.
Sunwall was able to call for help around 12:30 p.m. and Thompson was airlifted to Summit County Medical Center with minor injuries. She was treated and released.
Rescue crews say both are very lucky to be alive.
Crews were at first concerned because they could not find Sunwall when they got to the scene and several other avalanches had triggered after the first one. However, he was found alive and well and was able to walk out of the area.
Authorities say May and April are some of the most dangerous months for avalanches in that area.
"We can see it. I mean we're down around 10,000 feet about right here and we've got standing water, we've got moving water coming around us," said Joe Benslibka with Summit County Rescue. "That means the snows actively melting and that's always going to be an unstable condition."