Avalanche Death

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A backcountry skier is dead after being buried under three feet of snow in an avalanche on Buffalo Pass.

The 26-year-old man from Steamboat Springs had been skiing with friends who were taking turns driving up Soda Mountain on snowmobiles and skiing down.

The man's name isn't being released.

The man was wearing an avalanche beacon and his friends were able to find him and dig him out about eight minutes after the slide.

Scott Havener of Routt County Search and Rescue says the friends administered CPR, but he was pronounced dead after rescuers arrived.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says today's death is believed to be the first avalanche death of the winter season in Colorado and the ninth in the United States.