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Avalanche kills one

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By Nicole FormosaSummit County CorrespondentSUMMIT COUNTY – A skier was killed on Thursday afternoon after he was buried in a “huge” avalanche on Quandary Peak.According to Summit County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Jill Berman, the slide triggered four subsequent slides and left behind a 2,000 foot debris field.Berman said two men were skiing on the south side of Quandary at about 12:30 p.m. when the slide occurred. One man skied out of the cascading snow and called for help.On-scene rescuers said the victim was not wearing an avalanche beacon.Summit County Rescue Group and Alpine Search and Rescue responded, as well as ski patrollers from Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone and Park County. Red, White and Blue Fire Department and Summit County Ambulance were also on the scene. Two avalanche dogs, Sandy and Tucker, were brought in to help in the search. A Flight for Life helicopter was being used to drop off rescuers and gear, but had to be grounded because of weather conditions.Quandary Peak is located south of Breckenridge, just past Blue River and is a popular backcountry destination.Last November, Breckenridge resident Matthew Duffy escaped a 300-foot-wide slide on Quandary.According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, avalanche danger above treeline was rated considerable Thursday with pockets of high in recently drifted areas.Reid Williams contributed to this story.Vail, Colorado

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