Avalanche danger high in Colorado after slide kills 5

DENVER — The avalanche danger is high in Colorado’s northern and central mountains following one of the nation’s deadliest avalanches.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the danger for slides is considerable in the Vail, Aspen and Front Range regions on Monday.

Five men died in an avalanche Saturday in a backcountry area on Loveland Pass. All were experienced in extreme terrain and were participating in a snowboarding event called the Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Bash to raise money for the avalanche center.

Those killed were 32-year-old Christopher Peters of Lakewood; 32-year-old Joseph Timlin of Gypsum; 33-year-old Ryan Novack of Boulder; 36-year-old Ian Lamphere of Crested Butte; and 33-year-old Rick Gaukel of Estes Park.

Another snowboarder, identified by friends as Jerome Boulay, was buried and survived.


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