ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Six months after an avalanche killed five well-known Colorado snowboarders, the victim's families are hoping an awareness campaign will prevent similar tragedies from happening again.
The accident, which was Colorado's deadliest since the 1960s, took the lives of five men on Loveland Pass on April 20th. According to official accounts, the six-person group was aware of the avalanche danger and had proper equipment on hand at the time of the accident.
"It can happen to anybody, you can be the most experienced guy in the world, stuff happens," said Michael Timlin, the father of avalanche victim Joe Timlin. On Sunday, dozens of friends and family members of the five men showed up at an Englewood bowling alley hoping to raise awareness about the dangers skiers and snowboarders can face in the backcountry.
The Tilmin family, along the families of the other victims, are working to raise money to place a warning sign at the trailhead of Loveland Pass letting people know about the dangers of avalanches. The sole survivor of the accident, Jerome Boulay of Crested Butte, also attended the fundraiser but declined to speak with the media about the events of April 20.