three skiers killed in Colorado avalanche discovered recognized

Backcountry near Silverton, Colorado; Credit: Payette Media House

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Search and rescue teams spent all Wednesday looking for missing skiers who were caught in an avalanche earlier this week.

Tragedy struck the Eagle, Colorado community on Monday when an avalanche hit a group of skiers in the backcountry, killing three beloved members of the mountain town.

The avalanche struck between Silverton and Ophir Pass in an area called The Nose. The group of seven skiers in the region was able to recover one of their buried members who had minor injuries.

Emergency personnel began search and rescue for the remaining three. But they had to stop on the evening of February 2 because of the danger of avalanches, so a Report from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC). Search and rescue teams were able to return to the area last night to retrieve the skiers.

The skiers has been identified as a resident of Eagle County Seth Bossung, Adam Palmer and Andy Jessen, Owner of the local Bonfire Brewing.

Ophir Pass avalancheThe red line marks the skier’s path, while the blue lines mark the direction of the avalanche. Image credit: CAIC

“Our hearts are heavy with the loss of these three men,” Eagle City wrote in a statement. “Their contributions through their work in local government and local businesses, as well as their personal passions and their impact on the friends and family members they leave behind, have helped shape the community in a way that will last forever.

“Each and every one of us in our two organizations has learned from our examples, and we are grateful to be able to call them colleagues.”

The avalanche marks one of the largest avalanches in Colorado in recent years in terms of the number of people captured, buried and killed.

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Ophir Avalanche: Skiers identified

“The San Juan County Sheriff’s Department, Emergency Management Bureau, San Juan County Search and Rescue, La Plata County Search and Rescue, Silverton Mountain Medical Crew and CAIC were all involved in today’s operation.” so the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management wrote On Wednesday.

The teams worked from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday to recover the victims. According to the reportThe avalanche buried the missing skiers in more than 20 feet of rubble. The buried skiers all carried beacons.

The City of Eagle and Eagle Mayor Scott Turnipseed held a virtual press conference yesterday that you can watch Here for more informations.

SAR teams will helicopter take the skiers to the San Juan County Coroner Office as soon as it is safe to do so. The Ophir Pass area is completely closed until further notice.

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