2 Men Survive Avalanche In Colorado Backcountry
DILLON, Colo. (AP) — Two men survived an avalanche Friday in central Colorado’s backcountry, including one who was completely buried in snow and used his hand to make an air pocket so he could breathe while awaiting help.
The slide happened near U.S. 6 across from the Arapahoe Basin ski resort, on the Continental Divide. It ran 1,000 feet and carried the men about 400 feet, said Summit County Rescue Group spokesman Jim Koegel.
Skier Nate Purcell, 38, was partially buried and was taken to a hospital with a broken leg, Koegel said. He called for help using a cellphone.