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Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment combines the skill, expertise, and stamina of search and rescue and avalanche deployment teams to expedite the rescue of an avalanche victim.

We are a validating organization that provides training opportunities and a deployment resource for counties through out the state of Colorado to utilize during all stages of avalanche search and rescue.

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Our deepest condolences to the friends, family and all involved in the incident near Ruby Mountain over the past two days. Thank you to the agencies and rescuers involved on this mission and a well done to our team members at Winter Park and K9 Biskit in helping bring closure during a challenging time.On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at around 3:00 PM, two snowmobilers were caught in a large avalanche near Ruby Mountain southeast of Rand, Colorado. Rider 1 was partially buried sitting upright on his snowmobile and was not injured. Rider 2 was fully buried and killed. The accident occurred near treeline on a northeast-facing slope at around 11,400 feet. The avalanche broke on a weak layer about 3 feet below the surface and stepped down to deeper buried weak layers near the ground in some places. It was approximately three-quarters of a mile wide and ran about 400 vertical feet.

Riders 1 and 2 were with four other snowmobilers at the time of the accident. Rider 2 was standing on a steep slope away from his snowmobile when the avalanche occurred. He was swept downhill and buried about two feet deep. He was not wearing an avalanche transceiver. Despite efforts from the other riders and Search and Rescue (SAR) members who arrived a few hours after the accident, he was not located on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, an avalanche search dog alerted rescuers to his location. His body was recovered by SAR teams on Wednesday afternoon.

You can view the preliminary report under the Accident tab at colorado.gov/avalanche Our condolences to the friends and family of the victim.
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Our deepest condolences to the friends, family and all involved in the incident near Ruby Mountain over the past two days. Thank you to the agencies and rescuers involved on this mission and a well done to our team members at Winter Park and K9 Biskit in helping bring closure during a challenging time.
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