4 backcountry skiers killed in Colorado avalanches in 4 days


AP_ The bodies of three backcountry skiers buried in a large avalanche in southwestern Colorado were found under more than 20 feet (6 meters) of debris, and a slide near Vail Resort killed another skier, officials said.
The bodies of the skiers in southwestern Colorado, which were located with the help of their avalanche beacons, had to be left at the site between the towns of Silverton and Ophir because bad weather prevented a helicopter from retrieving them from the rugged terrain, the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management said.
A total of eight backcountry skiers have died in avalanches in Colorado so far this winter.
The slide happened in an area locally known as The Nose, and the continuing avalanche danger in the area had hampered searchers’ efforts to find the skiers. A fourth skier was found by rescuers and suffered only minor injuries.


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