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Three skiers have gone missing after a massive avalanche in Colorado

San Juan County Office of Emergency Management said recovery has slowed due to hazardous conditions

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The sky is colored orange as the sun sets behind the Flatirons as seen from the campus of the University of Colorado late Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. Three skiers in Colorado have gone missing and feared dead after the group they were with started a massive avalanche

The sky is colored orange as the sun sets behind the Flatirons as seen from the campus of the University of Colorado late Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. Three skiers in Colorado have gone missing and feared dead after the group they were with started a massive avalanche.

Associated Press

Three skiers in Colorado have gone missing and feared dead after the group they were with started a massive avalanche on Monday, The New York Times reports.

  • Officials said the avalanche buried four members of the group, who triggered the avalanche in an area nicknamed “The Nose,” according to CNN.
  • One of the skiers was recovered with minor injuries, CNN reports.

What’s going on?

DeAnne Gallegos, a spokeswoman for the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management, told The New York Times that the search began on Monday and went into Tuesday. However, it stopped Tuesday night because conditions had become “so unstable and so dangerous.”

  • The plan was to resume the search Wednesday if the weather allowed for it.
  • Gallegos said there are “very low” chances to finding someone two days after an event like this.
  • “We are already changing our language to recovery mission” from rescue mission, she said, according to The New York Times.

Looking ahead

The San Juan County Office of Emergency Management said in a Facebook post that the identities of the skiers are “still pending per San Juan County Coroner’s Office investigation.”

  • “Avalanche danger in the back country is always unpredictable regardless of your avalanche knowledge and skills. It is critical to check the avalanche forecast and avalanche danger prior to venturing into the backcountry,” the office wrote.
  • “Check the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) for avalanche conditions, have your equipment of beacon, shovel, probe and make a plan for communications with your ski group.”