5 snowboarders dead after avalanche at Loveland Pass

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — Authorities confirmed that five snowboarders died after getting caught in avalanche near Loveland Pass on Saturday.

Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said that one man did survive after he was able to dig himself out and call for help. Krueger did not release the names of the victims or their ages.

According to deputies, a group of six snowboarders left the top of Loveland Pass above Loveland Valley Ski area Saturday morning and triggered an avalanche at about 1 p.m.

The avalanche was approximately 200 meters wide, 350 meters long, and the fracture line was approximately eight feet deep.

All of the snowboarders were wearing proper equipment, including avalanche beacons.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office was notified about the avalanche at approximately 2 p.m. Teams from Loveland Ski Patrol, A-Basin Ski Patrol, Alpine Search & Rescue, Summit County Rescue Group, Clear Creek Fire Authority, Clear Creek and Summit County Sheriff’s office all responded to the scene.

Highway US-6 at Loveland Pass was closed after deputies were notified of the avalanche.

More information is expected to be released on Sunday, pending notification from the Clear Creek County Coroner’s office.