Feb 16, 2014 2:40 PM by Maddie Garrett

Bodies of Two Missing Skiers Found After Avalanche

The Lake County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the bodies of two missing skiers were found Sunday afternoon, after a massive landslide Saturday near Independence Pass.

The Sheriff's Office is not releasing the names of any of the seven people caught in the avalanche at this time.

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

The avalanche occurred around 5:00pm Saturday on Highway 82 about one mile beyond the LaPlata parking area.

Emergency management said seven back country skiers triggered the avalanche while they were near the top of the ridge.

Three people were taken to the hospital in Leadville with injuries ranging from a broken leg, to a broken ankle, broken rib and a collapsed lung.

One of the three injured skiers has been released from the hospital. The other two have been taken to other hospitals for treatment.

Two other skiers were not hurt in the avalanche.

While the avalanche did not reach the road, a team from CDOT will be on scene Sunday morning to assess the situation, and determine the safest way to clear the area.



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