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Two missing skiers found dead after Colorado avalanche; five survive

Two missing skiers found dead after an avalanche Saturday were part of a group of seven; according to a Feb. 16 CNN report. Lake County officials say beacons from the two skiers who went missing in the Colorado snowslide led the search party to them. Thankfully, five others in the mountain group survived and are expected to live.

 Skiers make their way across the Austrian ski holiday resort of Lech am Alberg on February 10, 2008 in Lech, Austria.
Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

The two skiers went missing in Colorado after being overtaken by a fast-moving avalanche. Lake County Office of Emergency Management officials launched an enormous effort to locate the two individuals but didn't make any headway until the next day.

Conditions on the slopes were very treacherous and rescue workers struggled through steep and harsh terrain to make contact with the two missing skiers. They used beacons the two wore and located their bodies Sunday in an area just east of Aspen.

Officials say that even the most skilled skiers are no match for constantly changing and -- at times -- unpredictable weather conditions in the rugged mountains.

For those people who are not prepared to be in those backcountry conditions, unfortunate incidents happen," said emergency management spokesperson, Susan Matthew.

The identities of the two missing skiers found dead after the Colorado avalanche have not been released until their family members have been notified and police complete their early investigation.

Of the surviving skiers, one was released from hospital care Sunday; two were admitted to other critical care hospitals with bone fractures and serious internal injuries. The remaining two in the party of seven skiers escaped injury from the deadly snowslide.

People have been getting caught and killed in avalanches recently. These are glaring, flashing and obvious clues that things are not all good across our backcountry. We are seeing a snowpack that is teetering on the brink of critical mass," Lake County authorities shared with reporters.

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