1 dead, 3 rescued after avalanche in Colorado

1 dead, 3 rescued after avalanche in Colorado

Credit: Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

One person was killed and three others injured in a large avalanche in East Vail Tuesday.

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Posted on January 7, 2014 at 7:15 PM

VAIL, Colorado - One person was killed and three others injured in a large avalanche in East Vail Tuesday.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the avalanche was triggered in the backcountry area, near the tree line, around 11:30 a.m.

Crews are attempting to rescue the victims from the mountain. The three survivors don't have life-threatening injuries, according to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. The deceased victim has only been identified as a man.

The four were on the East Vail Chutes, a popular backcountry area between Vail Mountain and Vail Pass. It's not clear if they were skiing or snowboarding.

The avalanche danger in the area is rated as considerable. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says slides there are becoming harder to trigger but when slides develop they are very large and dangerous.

Five people have died in avalanches in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana in the last two weeks.

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