Snowmobiler rescued from avalanche near Grand Lake |

Snowmobiler rescued from avalanche near Grand Lake

by Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

Four witnesses to an avalanche outside of Grand Lake Monday morning dug unconscious Shannon Christensen, 31, of Casson, Minn. out of the snow. The witnesses were snowmobilers from Parker and Broomfield found Christensen buried under three feet of snow. When they pulled Christensen to the surface, he had been buried for about five minutes. As rescuers warmed him, he regained consciousness.

The avalanche buried the man on Super Chicken Hill at Gravel Mountain in the Arapahoe National Forest, according to Grand County Undersheriff Walt Eldridge.

The avalanche covered an area of about 150 yards wide.

Grand County dispatch received the 911 call at 11:06 a.m.

Assisted by Grand County Search and Rescue, Grand County EMS, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office and National Park Service personnel, the snowmobiler was transported by snowmobile back to the highway where an ambulance was waiting. He was then taken to St. Anthony Granby Medical Clinic for treatment.

According to information from the undersherrif, the man received emergency medical treatment and suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Super Chicken Hill is part of a network of U.S. Forest Service snowmobile trails near the Three Lakes Area.

There are no reports of other avalanche victims.