Colorado Avalanche Kills Five Snowboarders

Colorado Avalanche Kills Five Snowboarders

Five Snowboarders Die in Colorado Avalanche

Five Snowboarders have been killed in Colorado’s Loveland Pass in an Avalanche.  Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said in a statement that six snowboarders were caught in the slide. The condition of the lone survivor was not released.

The areas highways were closed after heavy snowfall in the last few days created conditions that caused the avalanche at Arapahoe Basin ski resort.

On Thursday, a 38-year-old snowboarder died in an avalanche south of Vail Pass.  Authorities believe the person died because of an avalanche triggered by a friend who dropped him off in a snowmobile.

Until 1990, avalanche deaths were rare.  But he advent of new equipment allowing for more back country skiing has increased yearly deaths.  This year 18 people have died so far.

The pass, elevation of 11,990 feet, is popular among backcountry skiers and snowboarders.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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