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Two skiers killed in large avalanche in Colorado

Two Skiers Still Missing After Avalanche In Colorado

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say two skiers were killed and three others were injured in a large avalanche in Colorado.

The Lake County Office of Emergency Management says seven skiers on Star Mountain near Independence Pass triggered the slide at about 5 p.m. Saturday. Three were hospitalized with injuries that included a broken leg, a broken ankle and a possible broken rib and collapsed lung.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office says search and rescue crews found the bodies of two skiers Sunday afternoon. Authorities have not released the names of anyone involved.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center had been warning of dangerous conditions across much of Colorado's mountains after two weeks of heavy snow in the high country.

The avalanche happened near Leadville, which is about 80 miles southwest of Denver.

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endmillll February 16 2014 at 10:23 AM

They will find them,, they always do.

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jjanelli3 February 16 2014 at 5:42 PM

I am so sorry for the loss for their loved ones. May God bring comfort to them.

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JC February 16 2014 at 2:56 PM

Looks like they were backcountry skiing, and that carries a great deal of risk with it. It's not a good idea, but those who participate in the sport need to have locator beacons and other safety equipment.

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dannyh94102 JC February 16 2014 at 3:45 PM

No beacons necessary to cause potential harm to a rescuer. Just the admission that they are careless is enough of an epitath.

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kluj1 JC February 16 2014 at 4:10 PM

Yah,...but not at 5 pm either

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welcome deb February 16 2014 at 1:51 PM

My son was in Utah when this happened...so happy he made it home fine. Please lets find the others safe.It was many years ago but we never forget!

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barryaclarke February 16 2014 at 1:31 PM

It would seem like those little GPS tracking devices that are on the market should be available to all skiers. When your buried in snow from an avalanche, you could be found in the short amount of time. This doesn't mean you'll be found alive, but it certainly would increase your chances as every minute counts.................

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lcasteel February 16 2014 at 5:42 PM

My heart goes out to the families. Just not sure why one would want to put themselves in danger. There had been high avalanche warnings in the high country of Colorado.

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kluj1 February 16 2014 at 4:09 PM

5 pm. Bad decision from the get go. This is unfortunate and unnecessary too

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gookies71628 February 16 2014 at 12:04 PM

PRAY for them....

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ajpoolio1 gookies71628 February 16 2014 at 1:02 PM

If they didn't do something stupid ',you wouldn't have to pray for them. You risk your life this is what happens.

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Jason February 16 2014 at 11:56 AM

On the bright side, snowpack levels look great! Maybe we won't have watering restrictions again this year.

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n1khb February 16 2014 at 5:57 PM

I have empathy for those left behind, but these skiing nuts just won't listen to warnings or learn from the mistakes of their predecssors.

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