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The Latest: Colorado has 2 avalanche deaths in 3 days

April 10, 2018 - 4:03 PM

FRISCO, Colo. - The Latest on two separate avalanche deaths in Colorado (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

Authorities say a snowmobiler was killed in an avalanche in Colorado's central mountains, marking the second such death in the state in three days.

The Summit Daily reports the slide was triggered above the tree line on a north-facing slope east of Breckenridge on Tuesday morning. Summit County Rescue Group spokesman Charles Pitman says the snowmobiler was buried and possibly carried into some trees. The sheriff's office initially said the person who was killed was skiing.

The victim's name has not been released.

On Sunday, 57-year-old John Galvin died in an avalanche while he was backcountry skiing out of bounds near the Aspen Highlands ski resort. His body was recovered Tuesday.

Galvin had been a volunteer member of Aspen Mountain Rescue for 30 years. A second skier was injured in Sunday's avalanche but was able to call for help.

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This story has been corrected to show that the person who was killed Tuesday was snowmobiling. The sheriff's office initially said the victim was skiing.

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12 p.m.

A Colorado mountain rescue team has recovered the body of a longtime team member who died in a weekend avalanche.

The Pitkin County sheriff's office says members of Mountain Rescue Aspen recovered the body of 57-year-old John Galvin on Tuesday morning. Galvin died Sunday in an avalanche while he was backcountry skiing out of bounds near the Aspen Highlands ski resort.

The recovery effort was delayed because of dangerous snow conditions.

The Aspen Times reports that the Colorado Army National Guard carried four team members to the spot via Blackhawk helicopter while others were posted at the ski resort to act as spotters and backup rescuers.

Galvin had been a volunteer member of Aspen Mountain Rescue for 30 years. A second skier, who hasn't been identified, was injured in Sunday's avalanche but was able to call for help.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/

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