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Current Event Cat of the Day: Colorado Avalanche

Current Event Cat - Colorado Avalanche

Five snowboarders were killed over the weekend after triggering a backcountry avalanche on Colorado’s Loveland Pass.

Search and rescue crews recovered the bodies several hours after the avalanche struck. A sixth snowboarder was also caught in the slide but managed to dig his way out and call for help.

Snowboarder Mike Bennett told the Denver Post he dug through hard-packed snow to help free the sixth snowboarder before finding two other snowboarders buried about two feet below the surface. “They were wrapped around each other, below a patch of trees,” he said. Being buried alive by snow sounds like a pretty rough way to go.

Loveland Pass, an elevation of 11,990 feet, is popular among backcountry skiers and snowboarders but is known for its dangerous conditions.

The avalanche was the deadliest Colorado has seen in more than 50 years. According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, 11 people have died in avalanches in Colorado this winter season. US avalanche deaths average about 24 a year.

Via: Current Event Cats

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