Lookout pass rescue, late winter 2016 by Demo

A backcountry skier who’s a textbook example of preparedness tapped most of his expensive tools and training to survive an avalanche in January near Lookout Pass.

Yet the ordeal came down to a free helicopter rescue service and a gutsy pilot — after dark with just minutes to spare in a blinding snowstorm — to make the ultimate difference between life and death.

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