Five Die in Colorado Avalanche

    Snow falls near the spot where five members of a backcountry snowboarder group were found dead after they were trapped by an avalanche on Loveland Pass, Colo. Saturday, April 20, 2013. According to officials from the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office, the five were killed on the high mountain pass in Colorado's White River National Forest earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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    An avalanche killed five snowboarders 60 miles west of Denver Saturday. A sixth snowboarder dug himself out and called for help. Forecaster Spencer Logan said there have been weak layers in Colorado's snowpack since early January and, "Our last series of storms made them more active again.” The snowboarders were in backcountry terrain, well away from established ski paths. Twenty-one people have died in U.S. avalanches this year.

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