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2 skiers killed in large avalanche in Colorado

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm •  Published: February 16, 2014

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) — Two skiers were killed and three others were injured in a large avalanche in Colorado, marking the third deadly slide in the state in less than a week, authorities said Sunday.

Susan Matthews, a spokeswoman for the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, said seven skiers on Star Mountain near Leadville triggered the slide at about 5 p.m. Saturday. Search and rescue crews found the bodies of two skiers Sunday afternoon.

"They were found near the top of the avalanche and they had beacons on, which really helped a lot," Matthews said. "The terrain there is extremely steep."

Three skiers were hospitalized with injuries that included a broken leg, a broken ankle and a possible broken rib and collapsed lung. One has since been discharged from the hospital. Authorities have not released the names of anyone involved.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center had been warning of dangerous conditions across much of Colorado's mountains after two weeks of heavy snow that lured backcountry skiers and snowboarders to the high country.

On Monday, Kevin Kuybus, 46, of Highlands Ranch, was caught in an avalanche while skiing just outside Keystone Ski Resort. Another person swept up in the slide managed to pull himself out and go for help.

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