-- ERIC --
HEAVY SNOW STORMS OUT WEST.
HAVE TURNED THIS INTO AN UNUSUALLY DEADLY AVALANCHE
-- MICHELLE --
15 PEOPLE HAVE DIED, INCLUDING TWO PORTAGE-NATIVES.
NEW AT TEN, JENNIFER HOFF HAS MORE ON THE INVESTIGATION
INTO THEIR DEATHS.
:04 AVALANCHE NATS PKG2
THE SLIDE WAS ABOUT A THOUSAND-FEET WIDE, OR AS TALL
AS THE EIFFEL TOWER.
BRIAN LAZAR/CO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER says,
It's about as big an avalanche as we can get here
INVESTIGATORS CALL IT A SIZE FOUR, OUT OF FIVE.
THAT BARRELLED DOWN STAR MOUNTAIN SATURDAY, 130-MILES
WEST OF DENVER.
IN ITS PATH.
WISCONSINITES JUSTIN LENTZ AND JARRARD LAW.
BL says, Surviving an avalanche of this size is very
THE PAIR FROM PORTAGE WERE BURIED.
THREE OTHERS WERE INJURED.
TWO MORE WEREN'T HURT.
DAVID VONBEHREN/VICTIM'S FRIEND says, They were a
great skier, a great snowboarder and they were good
for the sport..:44
WAS A LONGTIME SKI RESORT MANAGER.
HE GOT TO KNOW THE GUYS.
WHEN THEY WOULD COME TO CASCADE MOUNTAIN.
DV says, At least they died doing what they enjoyed
doing in life because they would ski and board every
AVALANCHE CENTERS SAID CONDITIONS ARE DANGEROUS OUT
WEST, DUE TO STORMS THAT HAVE DROPPED FOUR FEET OR
MORE OF SNOW.
PLUS, WARMER TEMPERATURES ARE CREATING UNSTABLE HILLSIDES.
SLAMMED BY SNOW NAT
AS THIS COLORADO SNOWMOBILER FOUND OUT.
SO FAR THIS WINTER, 15 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN AVALANCHES.
AND AT THAT RATE, FATALITIES COULD EXCEED THE SEASON
AVERAGE OF 29.
DV says, It wasn't like they were notice going into
the backbowl somewhere, they were very good skiers
and snowboarders, it's just their time was up..:10
-- JENNIFER --
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR JUSTIN ARE PENDING.
WHILE JARRARD'S WILL BE HELD THURSDAY IN PORTAGE.
THEIR FRIENDS ARE COLLECTING DONATIONS AT YOU-CARING
DOT COM, IF YOU'D LIKE TO HELP WITH THE COSTS.
WE'VE PUT MORE INFORMATION ON CHANNEL 3000 DOT COM.
-- ERIC --