LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) — Relatives and colleagues say two skiers killed in a large avalanche in Colorado came from Wisconsin.
Three other skiers were hospitalized following Saturday’s avalanche near Leadville, Colo. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says rescue crews found the two skiers’ bodies Sunday afternoon near Independence Pass, about 80 miles southwest of Denver.
Robert Lentz says his son, 32-year-old Justin Lentz, of Portage, was one of those killed in the avalanche. Lentz says his son loved skiing and started when he was 5 or 6 years old.
Another Portage man, 34-year-old Jarrard (JAYR’-ed) Law, was also killed.
Necedah Area School District Superintendent Larry Gierach says Law was an “incredible man” and an integral part of the district’s technology team. He says the district will make grief counsellors available for faculty and students.