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1 snowmobiler, 1 skier dead in separate Colorado avalanches; 2 more rescued after slide

By: Associated Press
February 11, 2014 Updated: February 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm
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photo - Arapahoe Basin was closed Tuesday morning because of avalanche control, which brought down 20 feet of snow and trees. (Photo via Twitter)
Arapahoe Basin was closed Tuesday morning because of avalanche control, which brought down 20 feet of snow and trees. (Photo via Twitter) 

DILLON, Colo. (AP) — A skier missing after an avalanche outside a Colorado ski area was found dead Tuesday, about a day after he was swept up in a large slide.

Kevin Kuybus, 46, is the 10th person to die in an avalanche nationally this season and the fourth since Sunday. The danger of more slides remained high after prolonged snowfall measured in feet that has lured skiers and snowboarders to the mountains.

Kuybus lived in Highlands Ranch just south of Denver.

He and another person were caught in Monday's avalanche just outside Keystone Ski Resort, but the other skier managed to pull himself out and go for help. Members of the Summit County Rescue Group searched for Kuybus on Monday and again Tuesday, when a slab of snow that didn't release with the original avalanche was triggered with explosives to make the area safer for searchers.

Another avalanche near Kebler (KEHB'-lur) Pass, outside Crested Butte, killed a snowmobiler on Monday, said Gunnison County coroner Frank Vader. Another person also was trapped in that slide but survived.

The death toll includes two people who died in slides in Utah over the weekend. On Sunday, Ashleigh Cox, 21, of Colorado Springs died after being caught in an avalanche while she was snowshoeing Saturday in American Fork Canyon. About 90 miles away in Sanpete County, Clint Conover, 36, died after being buried in a slide Sunday while snowmobiling.

Three skiers survived an avalanche Monday near Silverton in southwestern Colorado. The Durango Herald reports (http://tinyurl.com/pfuwsfr ) one man skied out and two others were swept into some trees but were not buried. All three were taken to a hospital where they were examined and released.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is warning against travel in parts of the backcountry after 2 to 4 feet of snow fell over the last several days. It's putting pressure on the plentiful snow that was already on the ground and ensuring that any slides that do occur are very large, said Spencer Logan of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

"It definitely keeps us on the edge," he said.

According to the center, the avalanches purposefully triggered by road crews to prevent surprise slides have been the largest in 20 years.

Huge recent snowfall has been luring skiers and snowboarders to Colorado's mountains but has increased the avalanche danger in much of the backcountry.

In Utah, a Colorado Springs woman died Sunday after being swept away by an avalanche. Read more here.

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