GEORGETOWN, Colo.  — Five deaths over the weekend brought to 11 the number of avalanche fatalities in Colorado this season, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

A total of six people were buried in the Saturday (April 20) avalanche near Loveland Pass, and only one suvived.

According to the center’s preliminary report:

A backcountry touring party of six, on splitboards and skis, were caught in an avalanche in the Sheep Creek area near Loveland Pass. Five of the riders were killed. The group may have triggered the avalanche from below the start zone, low in the avalanche path. The avalanche released into old snow layers and the ground. Approximate dimensions of the crown face of the avalanche are 4 feet deep and 500 feet wide.

The incident was the second fatal avalanche in the state in less than a week. On April 18, two snowboarders using snowmobiles to reach the backcountry from Vail Pass were hit, according to the center. One was pushed into a grouping of trees and died, and the other rode most of the way out and survived. The avalanche was 10 feet deep and almost 300 feet wide, according to the center’s preliminary report.

Earlier report

GEORGETOWN, Colo. — Five snowboarders died in a backcountry avalanche near Loveland Pass in the Arapahoe National Forest on Saturday. A sixth snowboarder survived.

NBC news has a good piece on the accident here ..

The victims are identified here …