While many are campaigning for stories on instagram about people who are still riding during this time, there is still a question to be asked whether people are overzealous about stretching the health care system too thin in times like this. Perhaps the news coming from Telluride Colorado today will help people understand the seriousness of the situation. According to a post on the Facebook page of the Colorado-based San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office:
“Delegates and more than three dozen Search and Rescue volunteers responded to reports of an avalanche with injured skiers in the East Waterfall Canyon area of Ophir. The call was made shortly after 1 p.m. today. There are many skiers and snowboarders in the area. The slide begins at an altitude of approximately 11,500 feet, believed to be man-made, has a height of 1/2-2 1/2 feet and slides of 1,500 feet. The local man, in his 30s, was seriously injured when he became entangled in a slide and hit a tree. He was evacuated and transported to Telluride Airport by Mountain Blade Runner helicopter, where he met Telluride EMS and transported by medical helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital. Sheriff Bill Masters wants to remind people of the dangers of remote lands “especially in the context of COVID-19 when our local resources are stretched and incidents like this last even longer. People need to use their monstrous heads.”
The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department serves the Telluride area, and this isn’t even the first case this week of a man-made slip. On the 20th, the ministry posted this statement:
“Today there was a ski track activated by the skier in the Ophir’s Magnolia drainage system – there were no injuries. The sheriff advised skiers in this part of the country to exercise extreme caution because of the fact that Deputies, SAR members, and other responders may have a prolonged response due to COVID-19 activity. Individuals who venture in remote areas must always be able to save themselves. Be careful when you’re out there. ”
These serious stories are a reminder that going out and moving to boarding isn’t necessarily a life-losing behavior for these strange periods of isolation.
Our advice? If you’re SURE you can’t stay home, be sure to refer to the local Avalanche website. We compiled a list of specific sources of information in Alaska, Arzona, California, Canada, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Click HERE to view this article.