Two backcountry skiers were killed on the weekend in an avalanche in an area in Colorado known as "Death Pass," officials said.
Crested Butte Search and Rescue said in a Facebook post that the two backcountry skiers were reported missing on Saturday night near the town of Crested Butte, and tracks were discovered leading to a fresh avalanche field near the area known as "Death Pass . "
"Tracks not found out of the slide were found and weak signal signals were placed in the slide area, the group says.
AVALANCHE kills a person in COLORADO WITHOUT ASPEN, OFFICIAL CASE ] A search and rescue team, shortly after midnight, determined that the conditions were too dangerous and the search was canceled for the night, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. On Sunday, a team of six Crested Butte Search and Rescue members found the men's bodies.
"Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the people involved, "said the agency.
The Mt. Crested Butte Police Department identified the men of the Aspen Times as 27-year-old Owen Green, Aspen and 37-year-old Michael Goerne.
Friends said the couple had been training for Grand Traverse, a 40-mile backcountry ski race over the Elk Mountains. The two men were partners in the race from Crested Butte to Aspen next month.
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Green had lived in Aspen since 201
"It's a big loss to our school, to our lacrosse team, to the real community, and not just to Aspen, but to the entire Roaring Fork Valley," said Aspen High School Athletic Director Martha Richards to the Aspen Times. "Mike and Owen both touched so many children."
Grønne's girlfriend Kali Kopf told the newspaper that he was the "most friendly person" and always up for outdoor adventures.
"He influenced any person he crossed paths with," Kopf said to the Aspen Times. "He made me a better person every day, and the four plus years I spent with Owen was the best of my life."
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CAIC issued a special avalanche advice on Twitter for parts of the region through Monday, due to "more powerful storms" affecting Colorado over the weekend, which brings periods of heavy snowfall and strong winds.
The last decade, the agency has said that February has been the most dangerous month for avalanches in the state, CBS4 reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.