Saturday, 20 April 2013

5 snowboarders killed: Colorado avalanche claims the lives of five snowboarders

5 snowboarders killed: Colorado avalanche claims the lives of five snowboarders, An avalanche at Colorado’s backcountry high mountain pass of Loveland claimed the lives of five snowboarders Saturday afternoon, according to an April 20 Associated Press release reprinted by Yahoo! News.

The western United States Loveland Pass, at an elevation of 11,990 feet, is a popular destination for extreme skiers and snowboarders.

Authorities said a group of six snowboarders were caught in the avalanche, but only one made it out alive.

Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said the Colorado Department of Transportation closed the highway after the avalanche. Skiers headed home from nearby Arapahoe Basin ski resort were forced to wait until conditions improved.

Lisa Clarke Devore, a skier headed back to Denver, said she saw rescue vehicles head into the pass, as well as two search dogs.

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information, 18 people have died in avalanches this season nationwide.

U.S. avalanche deaths climbed steeply around 1990 to an average of around 24 a year as new equipment allowed adventure seekers to reach areas otherwise impenetrable.

The names of those killed and the lone survivor have not been released.

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