Snowmobiler Dies in Avalanche

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Rifle, Colo. (AP) _ A 45-year-old snowmobiler died
Friday when he was buried in an avalanche north of Rifle Falls in Little Box Canyon.

The name of the victim was not released, said Sheriff Lou
Vallario. The snowmobiler is the seventh person to die or be presumed dead after recreating in Colorado's backcountry this winter.

The snowfall has been so heavy this year the Colorado Avalanche Center is warning people to be very careful and check the latest weather report before going into the high country.

The incident was reported about at 12:12 p.m., and the body was
recovered two hours later.

Three people have died at ski areas in addition to the
backcountry deaths.



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