A 31-year-old Bend, Oregon native heli-ski guide, Aaron Karitis, was buried in an avalanche on Saturday in an Alaskan back country area known as Kicking Horse Valley. He is alive and remains in critical condition at a hospital in Anchorage, according to Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage Daily.
Aaron Karitis is a very experienced heli-ski guide with Southeast Alaska Backcountry Skiing Adventure (SEABA) and was flown up 4,000 feet on the mountain with four clients to ski down according to Anchorage Daily. He was finishing his condition-check precautions when the slide was triggered, his four clients and fellow guides were not caught in the avalanche and were able to rescue him because he was wearing a locator beacon. Aaron was buried under 7 feet of snow for about twenty minutes and unconscious when they found him, but remains in critical condition as of Monday morning according to KTOO.
Photo courtesy of SEABA. / Aaron Karitis heli-ski guide bio on SEABA.