Backcountry Skier Dead in Southwest Colorado Avalanche

State News
SILVERTON, Colo. (AP)  The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says a backcountry skier seriously injured in a small avalanche in southwestern Colorado has died.

The slide happened on Kendall Mountain southeast of Silverton.

The center says the victim was descending an avalanche path below treeline with other skiers and was swept into a stand of trees by the slide. After she was rescued, she was taken to the hospital but later died of her injuries.

It’s the second fatal slide in Colorado in a week.

Thirty-nine-year-old Christopher Thomas of Colorado Springs died after being caught in an avalanche while snowshoeing near Grays & Torreys peaks on Dec. 31.

The avalanche danger in Colorado’s mountains is currently rated as moderate.

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