Skiers killed in avalanche near Silverton

  • The red circle in this photograph shows where backcountry skiers Dr. Jeff Paffendorf, 53, and Albert Perry, 55, were caught in an avalanche Saturday. Both men died in the slide near Ophir Pass. Photo courtesy Colorado Avalanche Information Center
    The red circle in this photograph shows where backcountry skiers Dr. Jeff Paffendorf, 53, and Albert Perry, 55, were caught in an avalanche Saturday. Both men died in the slide near Ophir Pass. Photo courtesy Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Avalanche forecasters are urging people heading into the backcountry to use extreme caution and pay attention to forecasts after two experienced backcountry skiers from Durango were killed in an avalanche last weekend near Ophir Pass. San Juan County search and rescue crews on Sunday recovered the bodies of Dr. Jeff Paffendorf, 53, and Albert Perry 55, from a popular backcountry skiing area…

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