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Colorado avalanche kills backcountry skier

Associated Press - Published: March 5, 2014

CONEJOS — The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says a backcountry skier has been killed in a snow slide in southern Colorado.

The center says the death occurred Tuesday. The avalanche near Conejos (koh-NAY-hohs) Peak struck at about 11,700 feet above sea level.

No other information was immediately available.

The center, which tracks national statistics, says this is the seventh person killed by an avalanche in Colorado this winter, and the 19th killed nationwide.

Of those deaths, 13 have come since Feb. 8. On Sunday, 68-year-old Michel Colville died two days after a slide destroyed her home in the western Montana city of Missoula. It also buried her husband, Fred Allendorf and an 8-year-old boy, both of whom survived.

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