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An avalanche killed a Summit County man outside the town of Marble this past weekend. It’s the second avalanche related death in as many weeks this winter. Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports.
The call came in late Sunday afternoon. Two men told the dispatcher they had just survived an avalanche, but the third member of their group had not. 37-year-old James Lindenblatt of Summit County didn’t survive the slide. His two companions said he likely died from heavy trauma in the violent avalanche. The three men had been skiing in a remote and dangerous area of The Raggeds, south of Marble.
Gunnison County Undersheriff Randy Barnes says it’s a steep area. Response crew members from Crested Butte and Gunnison used a helicopter to lower into the area, and Barnes says the recovery of Lindenblatt’s body was extreme and dangerous, “Just due to the fact that he was about three or four ridges south and west of Marble.”
Lindenblatt’s death is the second avalanche-related fatality in Colorado this winter. An avalanche killed a Snowmass ski patroller in late December.
According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, much of the avalanche danger throughout the mountains is listed as moderate, with the Northern San Juan Mountains ranked as considerable.