Avalanche near Eaglecrest buries one; victim is rescued by companion

Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2001

JUNEAU - A Colorado man swept about 2,000 feet down a mountainside and buried by an avalanche near Eaglecrest Ski Area on Thursday was rescued by a companion, the ski area's manager said.

Four Colorado men were skiing or snowboarding together when the slide hit in an out-of-bounds area called Hogsback Ridge, said Rick Kaufman, operations manager at the city-owned area.

One of the men was swept between 1,800 and 2,200 feet down the slope.

"It's a long ways from where he got caught up to where he ended up," Kaufman said.

The man, whose name and hometown weren't immediately released, was wearing a locator beacon, Kaufman said, and he was able to move one arm enough to clear himself an airway.

Report of the avalanche prompted rescue workers and search dogs to head for the area at the northern end of Douglas Island, across Gastineau Channel from the main part of Juneau.

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