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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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stepman123 February 17 2014 at 12:41 AM

Sad as it is thats what happans with sports. How many fly into trees and are now in wheelchairs. Goes along with the sport. Same as riding a bike,rollerskating,bords,etc.. Most time with sking its carelessness.

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lasiraque February 17 2014 at 12:38 AM

The mountains of Colorado are very unforgiving...

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highlandrose February 17 2014 at 12:09 AM

Hello....just after the two in E. Oregon!!! The thing that frustrates me is these are not amateurs!
They are experienced skiers or guides... I do feel sorry for friends & relatives, but almost all the avalanche fatalities in WA have been instructors, guides, outfitters... cross-country skied in back country for years, but chose not to cross wide-open or steep, open areas...

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highlandrose highlandrose February 17 2014 at 12:11 AM

oh, and then someone else has to put themself in danger to rescue!! all you have to do is watch
famous footage of Mt Hood rescue where copter goes down...

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CRYSTAL February 16 2014 at 10:34 PM

Three words they didn't understand or they didn't know how to read.. Stay in bounds Avalanche Danger!

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milboka February 16 2014 at 9:51 PM

I live about 25 miles from he slide site and I have to say these people had no business being where they were at this point in time. I was snow-shoeing today in the woods on a very low slope and heard big settling whomps and saw fracture lines on three different occasions, mostly on north facing aspects. Chances of dying in the back-country right now are really good. Very sad but not a big surprise.

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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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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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Michael Corn February 16 2014 at 9:48 PM

For those who are not skiers, avalanche warnings are given out to cover a broad area of the mountains, not just one hillside. These skiiers are not usually in the ski areas with lifts, although they may have started in one, but went "out of bounds". Deaths do occur in ski areas, going out of control and hitting objects like trees. Every life is precious. May their families be kept in our prayers.

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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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