Matthew Gustafson, 33, of Vail, died Saturday when he and a fellow skier triggered a large slide in King Tut and Old Man’s chutes. The avalanche ran about 900 vertical feet and was “4 to 5 feet” deep.
Both men where wearing beacons, but both were buried, so there was no one to search for them. Gustafson was buried for four hours before he was found. His partner was buried with his hand sticking up, and was able to free himself after an hour and call 911.
Another Vail resident, Jesse Brigham, 27, died eight days earlier in an avalanche in the same area.