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Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche Near Silverton

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SILVERTON, Colo. (CBS4) – A backcountry skier died on Saturday in an avalanche in a mountainous area north of Silverton.

The man died on Saturday afternoon in the Corkscrew Gulch area, specifically on Clothesline Path at Cement Creek. Officials with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the slide was triggered by a skier in the man’s group at 3 p.m. and that the avalanche buried the man in about 5 feet of snow.

The Durango Herald identified the skier as Peter Carver, 23.

Two other people were caught in the slide. One was hurt and the other was not.

That area in San Juan County has seen approximately 4 feet of snow in the past week.

LINK: Description Of Avalanche From CAIC

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