East Vail Chutes 911 call, Jan. 12
Vail CO, Colorado
Vail, Colorado ” Check the WEB EXTRAS on the right for audio of the 911 call that came in regarding a skier missing in an avalanche at the East Vail Chutes.
According to the Forest Service, the East Vail Chutes area isn’t officially closed despite the death of Matthew Gustafson, 33, of Vail, on Jan. 12 of this year.
East Vail Chutes is a backcountry skiing area that is not part of Vail Mountain, but skiers get to the chutes via a gate by the Mongolia lift in Vail’s Back Bowls.
Gustafson was buried for at least four hours before rescuers found him and he was pronounced dead shortly afterward, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said.
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