The bodies of Jarrard Law, 34, of Portage, and Justin Lentz,
32, of Sun Prairie, have been retrieved from the mountainside,
the Lake County Office of Emergency Management said in a
The pair were skiing with five other people — two from Wisconsin
and three from Colorado — on the east side of Independence Pass
near the town of Twin Lakes on Saturday when the group triggered
the snow slide, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said
in its report on the incident.
Three of the other skiers were hospitalized and two were
High winds and heavy snowfall has put much of the Colorado
mountains in "an historic avalanche cycle," the avalanche center
said in an advisory.
The two men killed were equipped with avalanche beacons, which
helped recovery teams locate their bodies, Lake County
spokeswoman Susan Matthews said.
A snowmobiler died in a snow slide on Galena Summit in central
Idaho on Sunday, bringing to 15 the number of people killed by
avalanches in the United States this winter, all in western
Over the last 10 winters, an average of 28 people has died in
avalanches every year in the United States, according to the
avalanche information center.
(Reporting by Keith Coffman; editing by Mary Wisniewski and
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