LAKE COUNTY, Colo. - Both of the skiers who were caught in an avalanche Saturday night have been found dead, the Lake County Sheriff's Office confirmed Sunday.
Seven skiers were near the top of the ridge that triggered the avalanche, according to the Lake County OEM. Three people were taken to the hospital in Leadville with injuries including a broken leg, broken ankle, possible broken rib and collapsed lung. Two people walked to safety unharmed.
"One person has been released from the hospital," the Lake County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) said on its Facebook page around 11a.m. "Two other persons have been transferred to other hospitals due to the nature of the injuries."
The avalanche was reported at about 5 p.m. Saturday on Highway 82, about 1 mile beyond the LaPlata parking area and 8 miles west of Twin Lakes Village.
"It ran almost full path, across the creek, it didn't quite hit the highway but it was enough to break some trees," said Brian Lazar, Deputy Director of Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
The names of those involved are not being released at this time, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.
"Surviving avalanches this big is pretty lucky. It's unusual to walk away from something this big," Lazar said.
To read more about the current avalanche conditions, visit http://avalanche.state.co.us/