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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby Hacksaw » Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:50 pm

Yesterday's death of Wolf Creek's ski patrol director Scott Kay, marks the 15th patroller killed in an avalanche while working since 1980. Below is the list of ski patrol avalanche deaths.

Since 1980/81:
15 ski patrollers killed in avalanches (including yesterday's)
2.2% of those killed in avalanches (674 as of 20101122) were ski patrollers
7 of 15 killed occurred in Colorado
>
> Here's the list going back to 1980/81:
> 2010, Nov. Wolf Creek, CO
> 2010, Jan. Jackson Hole, WY
> 2009, Mar. Squaw Valley, CA
> 1996, Feb. Solitude, UT
> 1994, Dec. Mission Ridge, WA
> 1993, Apr. Crested Butte, CO
> 1989, Feb. Mt Hood Meadows, OR
> 1986, Feb. Jackson Hole, WY
> 1985, Dec. Jackson Hole, WY
> 1984, Mar. Aspen Highlands, CO (3 killed in one avalanche)
> 1983, Dec. Copper Mountain, CO
> 1982, Dec. Big Sky, MT
> 1981, Mar. Snowmass, CO
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> Prior to 1980:
> In the 1970s an avalanche killed 1 patroller at A-Basin. In the
> 1960s, avalanches killed 4 patroller in 3 separate accidents in
> Colorado (A-Basin), Wyoming (Snow King), and Idaho (two killed) (Skyline - now
> Pebble Creek).
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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby D8S » Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:22 pm

Hacksaw, thanks for the info. Even so, it doesn't begin to tally the number of patrollers who are causght but only injured. My heart goes out to all those who carry on, especially Chantelle, and the Wolf Creek patrollers who have lost an irreplaceable director.

To all you ski patrollers who will be out there doing control work so that we can ski in safety, please remember that as much as we whine and complain that you don't have our favorite run open because you're still doing control work, we'd really rather wait as long as it takes to make sure you stay safe and well.

This is a very sad reminder that even a transceiver and an skillful and well equiped partner can't guarantee a happy ending.

Rest peacefully my friend.

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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby Jesse Peterson » Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:01 pm

Just got back from Wolf Creek. Got first chair and skied til close. The mountain was amazing today-- one of my top 10 days in 20+ years of skiing. In Scott's honor.
"As for mountains, there are mountains hidden in jewels, there are mountains hidden in marshes, mountains hidden in the sky; there are mountains hidden in mountains. There is a study of mountains hidden in hiddenness." Dogen Kigen , Mountains and Rivers Sutra

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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby rocky » Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:25 pm

This has been posted on the Wolf Creek Ski Area facebook page. (not shouting - this is the way it was posted)

Saturday Night - Pagosa Springs - 11/27/10 - 7pm to 2am

A BENEFIT AT BEAR CREEK SALOON!

YES, SCOTT KAY WILL BE HONORED FROM 7PM TO 2 AM SATURDAY THE 27TH. KITCHEN WILL STAY OPEN TIL AFTER MIDNIGHT FOR MUNCHIES AND APPETIZERS FOR ALL WHO WANT TO EAT. ALL MONIES COLLECTED AT THE DOOR WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE FAMILY. SO COME IN, DIG DEEP AND BENEFIT THE FAMILY OF A TRUE FRIEND.

DRINK SPECIALS WILL DEFINITELY BE AVAILABLE.

WE HONOR YOU SCOTT KAY FOR ALL YOU HAVE BEEN TO THIS COMMUNITY AND TO US PERSONALLY....

BEAR CREEK MGMT.
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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby Mark A Steiner » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:54 am

Can't add anything to these posts. I'm heading for WCP from AZ this Monday. I'll be remembering Scott as I pass by.
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Re: Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche

Postby rocky » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:46 pm

Memorial Service for Scott Kay to be held:

December 4th - ‎10 am - St Patrick's Episcopal Church
225 S Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO


A memorial fund has been set up for Scott Kay’s family:
Donations can be made under ‘Chantelle Kay’ at the
Bank of the San Juans
PO Box 2830
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-1818‎
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