Bodies of skiers found after CO avalanche

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The bodies of two skiers were located on February 16, 2014, one day after they were buried in an avalanche near Leadville, Colorado.

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Posted on February 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM

KUSA — The bodies of two missing skiers were found Sunday after a large avalanche hit Saturday southwest of Denver.

The skiers who died were wearing beacons and a survivor had marked the locations of the bodies with ski poles. 

Their identities were not released. 

The Lake County Office of Emergency Management says the slide was reported around 5 p.m. Saturday on Highway 82 about a mile beyond the LaPlata parking area.

Seven skiers were near the top of the ridge that activated the avalanche. 

Three people were taken to the hospital in Leadville with various injuries. They include a broken leg, broken ankle a possible broken rib and a collapsed lung. As of Sunday one of those people has been released from the hospital. The others have been taken to other hospitals because of their injuries. 

Two other skiers were not hurt.

While the avalanche did not reach the road, a team from the Colorado Department of Transportation was at the scene Sunday morning to assess the situation, and determine the safest way to clear the area.

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