A man who says he was skiing with a friend who died in an avalanche at the Snowmass ski resort denies they were on a closed run.
Justin Owensby tells the Aspen Times he and Nicholas Blake Davidson were to the left of the closed area when an avalanche engulfed Davidson.
Officials say 25 year old Davidson, of New Castle, was buried for about a half hour before the ski patrol and others were able to dig him out. Ski area spokeswoman Kristin Rust says the men were on a closed expert run.
Owensby says he and Davidson saw the "closed" sign and turned to another area nearby.
Aspen Skiing Co. says the incident was still under investigation.