Report: Skiers warned about conditions prior to fatal avalanche near Ophir

  • Search and rescue crews and emergency responders search for the bodies of three skiers caught in an avalanche near Ophir on Feb. 1. Photo courtesy San Juan County Office of Emergency Management
    Search and rescue crews and emergency responders search for the bodies of three skiers caught in an avalanche near Ophir on Feb. 1. Photo courtesy San Juan County Office of Emergency Management
A group of seven backcountry skiers who triggered a fatal avalanche in the San Juans were warned of significant avalanche activity and checked the forecast before the accident, according to a report released by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Help from more than 30 agencies was needed to rescue three bodies from the avalanche, which trapped the skiers under snow funneled into a steep…

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