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Backcountry Snowboarder Survives Avalanche In Vail Chutes

PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reports an avalanche fully buried a snowboarder in the Vail Chutes, backcountry in east Vail, on Saturday. CAIC officials say the rider's partner saved him.

Vail Chutes Burial 3 (map from CAIC)
Vail Chutes (credit: CAIC)

The avalanche happened at around 11 a.m. on a northeast-facing slope below treeline at around 10,000 feet.

Vail Chutes Burial 1 (CAIC)
Vail Chutes (credit: CAIC)

"The rider was carried through the trees and completely buried with his head under about a foot and a half of snow," CAIC reports.

Vail Chutes Burial 2 (CAIC)
Vail Chutes (credit: CAIC)

The rider used a device called an Avalung which helps the rider breathe when surrounded by snow. His friend found him about 15 minutes later after using a beacon called a transceiver.

The rider is reportedly okay.

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