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Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby mtgirl » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:10 pm

Sad news on the death of an employee due to an avalanche at Wolf Creek Ski Area this morning:

http://www.newsfirst5.com/news/wolf-creek-ski-area-closed-after-death-of-employee/
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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby skiwall » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:16 pm

Oh that's awful. :(
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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby tmathews » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:16 pm

mtgirl wrote:Sad news on the death of an employee due to an avalanche at Wolf Creek Ski Area this morning:

http://www.newsfirst5.com/news/wolf-creek-ski-area-closed-after-death-of-employee/


Yikes. I know the San Juans have been getting dumped on. This is a very sad affirmation of the dangerous conditions out there in some areas.

RIP....

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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby JohnP FTC » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:28 pm

Yikes is right! I've got a long time friend that works down there.
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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby 14erdude83 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:00 pm

man thats sad news....

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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby RobertPetrowsky » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:41 pm

I can't imagine a sadder way for Wolf Creek to start their Thanksgiving weekend. I'll be sending prayers their way. [-o<

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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby semitrueskerm » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:10 pm

Sad. I was just there last weekend and skied a few runs with the owner. My condolences to them and all of the staff and family.

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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby mtgirl » Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:20 pm

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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby Redleg Bruce » Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:15 pm

That sucks. My sister worked out there her freshman year at Adams State College before coming back to Kansas and finishing up at KU. I'll be thinking of him and his family over the holiday weekend for sure.
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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby GerryRigged » Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:24 pm

That is a real bummer.
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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby MtHurd » Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:37 pm

Sad. My condolences go out to his family. Wolf Creek is one of my favorite places to board.

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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby Hacksaw » Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:01 pm

Avalanche kills head of Wolf Creek ski patrol
Ski area closed Monday to honor former Marine Kay
By Shane Benjamin Herald Staff Writer

Article Last Updated: Monday, November 22, 2010 11:19pm

Keywords: Wolf Creek Ski Area, Avalanche/landslide,
The ski patrol director at Wolf Creek Ski Area was killed Monday in an avalanche.
Scott Kay, who had worked at the ski area for 16 years, was doing avalanche-control work when he became caught in a slide, said Bob Brammer, a close friend.

Brammer called him “one of the best people that I know.”

Kay, a 41-year-old former Marine, was a husband and the father of two boys, ages 6 and 8, said his wife, Chantelle Kay.

“He was an absolutely amazing dad and an unbelievable husband,” she said.

The ski area issued a news release extolling the dangerous work he did to protect others.

“Wolf Creek’s management and all its employees wish to express our deepest regrets at this loss of a wonderful man and close friend,” the release said. “Our sympathy and condolences go out to his wife and two children.”

Efforts to reach resort management were unsuccessful Monday.

A recorded phone message at the ski area said Wolf Creek was closed Monday “due to the fatality of a staff member.”

The news release from the ski area said, “To honor him, Wolf Creek will remain closed for the remainder of Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, and, also to honor him, will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.”

Kay was a Marine veteran who served in the first Gulf War, Brammer said.

When the accident happened, he was working with professional ski patrollers who took every step to free him and resuscitate him, Brammer said. A medical helicopter was dispatched out of Farmington, he said.

Kay was skiing a routine avalanche-control route when he was caught in a slide, according to a news release from the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office.

When Kay did not respond to radio contact, fellow ski patrollers responded to find him, the release said. They located him with avalanche beacons and probes. They dug him out of about 4 feet of snow.

Life-saving measures were started and continued for about 1½ hours. He was pronounced dead at 12:15 p.m.

Kay enjoyed skiing, water skiing and dirt biking. He owned a business and did stucco and plaster work during the summer, his wife said.

“He was full of life, exuberant, fun-loving, hard- working and dedicated,” Mrs. Kay said.

The death is the first avalanche-related fatality of the season in Colorado, according to the Avalanche Information Center in Boulder.

Snow and strong winds have created a “high” avalanche danger across much of the state’s high country, the Avalanche Center said Monday.

A high rating means both natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely.

“A second storm will increase the avalanche danger Tuesday night,” said Ethan Greene, director of the Avalanche Center, in a news release.

Backcountry travelers should be equipped with a shovel, probe pole and rescue beacon.

Wolf Creek was reporting 18 inches of new snow in the last 48 hours. The ski area opened with limited terrain Oct. 30.

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The ski patrol director at Wolf Creek Ski Area was killed Monday in an avalanche.

Scott Kay, who had worked at the ski area for 16 years, was doing avalanche-control work when he became caught in a slide, said Bob Brammer, a close friend.

Brammer called him “one of the best people that I know.”

Kay, a 41-year-old former Marine, was a husband and the father of two boys, ages 6 and 8, said his wife, Chantelle Kay.

“He was an absolutely amazing dad and an unbelievable husband,” she said.

The ski area issued a news release extolling the dangerous work he did to protect others.

“Wolf Creek’s management and all its employees wish to express our deepest regrets at this loss of a wonderful man and close friend,” the release said. “Our sympathy and condolences go out to his wife and two children.”

Efforts to reach resort management were unsuccessful Monday.

A recorded phone message at the ski area said Wolf Creek was closed Monday “due to the fatality of a staff member.”

The news release from the ski area said, “To honor him, Wolf Creek will remain closed for the remainder of Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, and, also to honor him, will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.”

Kay was a Marine veteran who served in the first Gulf War, Brammer said.

When the accident happened, he was working with professional ski patrollers who took every step to free him and resuscitate him, Brammer said. A medical helicopter was dispatched out of Farmington, he said.

Kay was skiing a routine avalanche-control route when he was caught in a slide, according to a news release from the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office.

When Kay did not respond to radio contact, fellow ski patrollers responded to find him, the release said. They located him with avalanche beacons and probes. They dug him out of about 4 feet of snow.

Life-saving measures were started and continued for about 1½ hours. He was pronounced dead at 12:15 p.m.

Kay enjoyed skiing, water skiing and dirt biking. He owned a business and did stucco and plaster work during the summer, his wife said.

“He was full of life, exuberant, fun-loving, hard- working and dedicated,” Mrs. Kay said.

The death is the first avalanche-related fatality of the season in Colorado, according to the Avalanche Information Center in Boulder.

Snow and strong winds have created a “high” avalanche danger across much of the state’s high country, the Avalanche Center said Monday.

A high rating means both natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely.

“A second storm will increase the avalanche danger Tuesday night,” said Ethan Greene, director of the Avalanche Center, in a news release.

Backcountry travelers should be equipped with a shovel, probe pole and rescue beacon.

Wolf Creek was reporting 18 inches of new snow in the last 48 hours. The ski area opened with limited terrain Oct. 30.

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