A man is rescued by ski patrol after escaping an avalanche.
A man is rescued by ski patrol after escaping an avalanche. (Photo provided by Justin Hodges)

A group of 15 skiers managed to escape relatively unscathed after an avalanche overtook them Saturday afternoon at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Summit County.

An Arapahoe Basin ski patroller was leading a group of 14 skiers when a snow slide caught them at about 2:48 p.m. in west Montezuma Bowl, according to a statement released by the resort.

The area was closed to the general public, but the resort said that it had undergone "extensive" avalanche mitigation and explosive work in recent days.

All of the skiers were accounted for, although one of them had to be evacuated on a toboggan due to a knee injury.

The Arapahoe Basin and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center are conducting a joint accident investigation, the statement said.

Aldo Svaldi: 303-954-1410, asvaldi@denverpost.com or twitter.com/aldosvaldi