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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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Purple Shell February 17 2014 at 2:01 PM

I feel for the families of these young people.
But...
When you go to ski in an area where you have never skied before, ask questions of the locals. We have a ski resort in our town and one very seldom hears of a local having problems. It is the tourist that go where they should not that get into trouble. Also, in the back country wear and inflatable vest and a locator.

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sprtfishr February 17 2014 at 12:16 PM

Gonna be dumb ya gotta be tough.

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madcap.1 February 17 2014 at 12:06 PM

stupid is as stupid does

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bryanmerrittper2 February 17 2014 at 10:46 AM

Happens all the time I don't know why these people don't heed the warnings. There are plenty of great areas in Colorado to ski that are perfectly safe and free from avalanches.

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bbh907 February 17 2014 at 10:11 AM

Condolences to their families.Too bad they didn't heed the warnings and thought the rules didn't apply to them. Not only were 2 people killed and the rest injured,they put others in jeopardy searching for them.

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mande72156 February 17 2014 at 9:41 AM

And yet we say nothing of the tens of thousands killed by motor vehicles each year. It's OK I guess if it's a car that gets you. You have been warned...live at your own risk. Smokers you have been warned, drinkers you have been warned, over eaters and non exercisers you have been warned, uneducated you have been warned, city dwellers you have been warned, flood plain dwellers you have been warned, swimmers and divers you have been warned, unwed mothers you have been warned, unbelievers and believers you have been warned, everybody else you have been warned. That should cover it!

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mielkele February 17 2014 at 9:30 AM

How were two skiers killed AFTER an avalanche?

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n1khb February 17 2014 at 10:35 AM

Suffocation sets in if one otherwise survives the crashing. Suffocation takes a variable amount of time, possibly minutes, possibly hours. Thus, "after" the avalanche.

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CR Williams February 17 2014 at 9:20 AM

Once again this same type of preventable act has caused so much needless sorow. CRW

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msslongrider February 17 2014 at 9:04 AM

Warned but still went skiing, Sorry they had to put rescuers at rsik for these now dead idiot!

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jcpassmorejr February 17 2014 at 9:00 AM

Darwins' Dare - - - Oops you lose!

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