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Backcountry Access said: 'The avalanche danger for the Vail-Summit zone was considerable that day on all aspects and elevations, with human-triggered avalanches likely. Meesh and company had snowmobiled up to snowboard the northeast faces, some of which had already slid.'
The slide was one of 17 natural and human-triggered avalanches recorded throughout last week and into the early part of this week in the Vail and Summit Zone, according to Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).
The airbag Ms Hytner used comes in a backpack and features 'external shovel and probe pockets, diagonal ski carrying system, helmet carry system, waist belt pockets, lined goggle pocket, and a hydration sleeve.'
Here at snowboardingdays.com we applaud anything that improves snowboarding safety, especially snowboarding in the back country. We hope to see more of these airbags being used by snowboarders now.