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Three skiers missing after large avalanche in Colorado


Three skiers are missing after getting caught in a large avalanche in Colorado.

A group of seven back-country skiers were on a slope located between the towns of Silverton and Ophir, in an area known locally as The Nose, when the avalanche was triggered on Monday.

Four people were caught and fully buried by the snow, although one person was later found with minor injuries.

The remaining three are still missing.

Pic: Office of Emergency Management, San Juan County Colorado
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Rescue efforts have been paused. Pic: Office of Emergency Management, San Juan County Colorado

Search and rescue operations continued into Monday night and throughout Tuesday, but were suspended in the evening due to the risk of another avalanche.

Efforts will resume as soon as it is safe, the Colorado Avalanche Information Centre said.

The identities of the three skiers is “still pending per San Juan County Coroner’s Office investigation”, the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management wrote in a Facebook post.



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