Man carried 1,500 feet by northern Arizona avalanche
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 5, 2010 09:35 PM
An experienced skier was taken about 1,500 feet in an avalanche Friday, Coconino County officials said.
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. that a 36-year-old man had been carried away in an avalanche on the north side of Fremont Peak, which is part of the San Francisco Peaks of northern Arizona.
Emergency crews were able to locate the man with help from a Department of Public Safety helicopter.
The man had gotten himself out of the snow and was OK. He refused to be taken to a hospital, said Sgt. Aaron Dick, coordinator for the Coconino County Sheriff's Department search and rescue team.
Dick said the man was an experienced skier with all the proper equipment for handling avalanches. He was with two other people and was skiing ahead of them when the slope fractured and caused the avalanche.