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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Colorado avalanche survivor buried for 4 hours

Scott Toepfer, right, a member of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center or CAIC, takes depth measurements every 50 feet at the crown of the avalanche on Sunday. In the back round are Brian Lazar and John Snook walk along the crown to find an area to dig a snow pit to investigate the layers of snow where the avalanche broke off. The avalanche occurred in an area known as Sheep Creek near Loveland Pass on Saturday, killing 5 snowboarders.