DURANGO, Colo. (AP) Officials say a man killed in an avalanche in southwestern Colorado was participating in an advanced avalanche safety class at the time.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said Monday that a group of six backcountry skiers from the Silverton Avalanche School triggered Saturday's avalanche near Red Mountain Pass, which caused another avalanche. According to the center's preliminary report, 40-year-old Peter Marshall of Longmont was buried in at least 8 feet (2.5 meters of snow) from both slides.
In a Facebook post, the school expressed its deepest condolences and said this was the school's first avalanche death since its founding in 1962.
Avalanche center director Ethan Greene told The Durango Herald that staffers have spoken with the class guide as part of its customary investigation but wouldn't elaborate.
Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com