Skier killed in Colorado avalanche while taking advanced avalanche safety course
The skier who died Saturday after being buried in an avalanche near Red Mountain Pass in the San Juan Mountains was participating in an advanced avalanche safety course at the time he was killed.
All six skiers in the Silverton Avalanche School class were swept away by an avalanche they triggered in Upper Senator Beck Basin northwest of Silverton, according to a preliminary report released by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The first avalanche triggered a second one, burying one of the skiers in more than 8 feet of snow.
The others found the buried skier and dug him out, but he already was dead.
The skier, whom The Durango Herald identified as 40-year-old Peter Marshall, of Longmont, was the first avalanche fatality this winter, according to the center.
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Breckenridge Ski Resort announced Wednesday morning it will remain open for two weekends of spring skiing and riding beyond the resort’s previously-scheduled closing day of this Monday, Memorial Day, May 27.