Colo. Skier Killed In Alaska Avalanche

Skiers Were Wearing Avalanche Beacons

Alaska State Troopers say a 35-year-old skier from Colorado has died and another person has been injured in an avalanche northwest of Haines, in southeast Alaska.

Troopers said Telluride, Colo. resident Robert Liberman died in the Tuesday morning snowslide.

The injured person was flown to Seattle for medical treatment. That person's name was not released pending notification of relatives.

Troopers said the slide occurred on Takhin Ridge, off the Haines Highway. They received a call that two skiers from a group of six were buried.

Another group of skiers rushed to help.

Troopers said the skiers were wearing avalanche beacons.

Liberman was guiding the group who were heli-skiing, according to Haines radio station KHNS. The station reported the injured skier was on life support.

The Anchorage Daily News said the area is a popular loading zone for skiers boarding helicopters bound for the backcountry.

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