Colorado backcountry skier dies in avalanche near Jones Pass |

Colorado backcountry skier dies in avalanche near Jones Pass

Kirk Mitchell The Denver Post
Jones Pass on Tuesday Dec. 30, 2016.
Travis Poulin / Special to the Sky-Hi News |

Despite avalanche danger warnings in Colorado Thursday, an Empire man was backcountry skiing with friends near Jones Pass in Clear Creek County when an avalanche buried and killed him, authorities say.

The name of the deceased skier has not been released. He was the seventh person killed by avalanches this season.

A group of people was skiing around 1:53 p.m. in the backcountry despite warnings of avalanche danger in a week when numerous avalanches swept over major Colorado highways, according to Mike Cooperstein, a forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

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