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Less snowfall creates greater avalanche danger in Routt County

Skier’s body recovered near Aspen

A search team says it has found the body of a skier who was apparently caught in an avalanche in the backcountry outside Aspen.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department reported that the victim was found at about 9 a.m. Wednesday near a popular backcountry hut. The victim’s name hasn’t been released.

The avalanche struck at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities said the skier was in a group of eight, and all had backcountry

experience. They tried to find the missing skier but couldn’t.

A 911 call got through at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, and Mountain Rescue Aspen sent several searchers to the scene.