East Vail Chutes 911 call, Jan. 12 | VailDaily.com

East Vail Chutes 911 call, Jan. 12

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Vail CO, Colorado
Daily file photoEast Vail was the scene of an avalanche the weekend of Jan. 12. Check the WEB EXTRAS below to listen to the 911 call for assistance.

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.

Have you had any experiences with avalanches? E-mail web editor Austin Richardson with any information you might have regarding these potentially deadly slides at arichardson@vaildaily.com

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