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Snowboarder killed in avalanche was Breckenridge worker

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Chris Sutton/Summit County Rescue GroupA look at the Steep Gulleys. The slide path on the left is where a snowboarder was killed Wednesday.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson released the identity of Wednesday’s avalanche victim as 20-year-old Daniel Michelotti from Spring Grove, Ill.

Michelotti was snowboarding Wednesday afternoon with two friends in the Steep Gullies area, just west of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, when an avalanche carried him about 1,000 feet and killed him. According to Richardson, suffocation was the cause of death.

It took the two friends about 20-25 minutes to descend the slope and dial 911. Neither of them were injured in the incident.

About 37 rescuers from Summit County Rescue Group, Keystone Ski Patrol, A-Basin Ski Patrol and Summit County Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

Michelotti moved to Colorado in November and was an employee of Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 or

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