Breaking: one confirmed survivor of Loveland Pass Avalanche. @MattRenoux is on scene now. More info at 5 on #9news http://t.co/XAreaChBnO— 9NEWS Denver
Breaking: another image of rescue operation after Loveland Pass Avalanche. Live report in about 20 mins on #9news http://t.co/z443LGbhjA— 9NEWS Denver
GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say five snowboarders were killed in a backcountry avalanche on Colorado’s Loveland Pass.
Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said in a statement that six snowboarders were caught in the slide around 2 p.m. Saturday.
“At least one of them was able to bail off the side and was partially buried, but he was able to get himself out and call for help,” Kreguer said.
The condition of the lone survivor was not released.
The Colorado Department of Transportation closed a highway as many skiers were headed home from nearby Arapahoe Basin ski resort.
Lisa Clarke Devore, who was headed back to Denver from the resort, told The Associated Press she saw a fire truck and ambulance on the pass, as well two search dogs headed into the area of the slide. She says she saw several ambulances, including one towing snowmobiles, headed toward the pass.
The pass, elevation of 11,990 feet, is popular among backcountry skiers and snowboarders.