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Colorado: Avalanche kills Wolf Creek ski patrol director

The avalanche danger is rated as high across much of the Colorado mountains.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The first fatal avalanche of the season in Colorado claimed the life of well-respected Wolf Creek ski patrol director Scott Kay, who was working  on the mountain when the accident happened, according to a report from 9NEWS.

Wolf Creek ski area issued a release on the accident:

“Our Wolf Creek ski patrol director, while working to protect others, was caught in an avalanche which, to our great sadness, he did not survive. Wolf Creek’s management and all its employees wish to express our deepest regrets at this loss of a wonderful man and close friend. Our sympathy and condolences go out to his wife and two children.”

The ski area closed for the day after the slide, but will reopen Tuesday, Nov. 23.

More condolence messages are posted at Wolf Creek’s Facebook page.

The San Juans, including the Wolf Creek area, were under an avalanche warning issued by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Forecasters with the CAIC say the avalanche danger is high in large portions of the Colorado mountains, with natural and triggered slides likely.

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