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Snowmobiler triggers avalanche near Vail Pass

Posted: 9:48 PM, Apr 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-20 03:48:02Z

Video posted online shows a snowmobiler escaping an avalanche in the Shrine Ridge area.

The slide happened Saturday, March 19 and the video was recently posted to YouTube.

 

"The rider realized he had triggered an avalanche and was on the slab. The rider was able to accelerate off the slab and dropped off the top portion of the slab," according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

The man slid about 10 feet before he was able to break his fall. He was not injured.

There was a second snowmobiler watching from the bottom of the path who was able to ride away from the oncoming avalanche.