Colorado avalanche kills 2 skiers, injures 3

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Denver, CO, United States (4E) – Rescuers on Sunday found the bodies of two skiers who went missing during an avalanche on Star Mountain near Independence Pass on Saturday.

The bodies were located through the beacons they were wearing and the ski poles a survivor placed to mark the location of the bodies.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office did not release the names of the fatalities from the slides that occurred around 5 p.m. on Highway 82 about a mile beyond the LaPlata parking area.

Three skiers were also injured in the avalanche and were taken to a Leadvile hospital on Saturday, according to the Lake County Office of Emergency Management. They suffered a broken leg, a broken ankle and a collapsed lung. Four skiers, who were with the injured ones, escaped the avalanche they activated when they were near the top of the ridge.

Before the avalanche, two weeks of heavy snow prompted the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to warn of dangerous conditions in Colorado’s mountains.

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