Three Skiers Found Dead After Being Buried by Avalanche in Colorado

The red line shows the general path of the skiers. The blue lines show the approximate avalanche boundaries. / COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER

The bodies of three missing skiers buried in a backcountry avalanche in the northern San Juan Mountains in Colorado have been found. CBS Denver reports  the Office of Emergency Management of San Juan County announced Wednesday night the bodies of Seth Bossung, Andy Jessen and Adam Palmer had been recovered.

Officials say conditions were too treacherous for a helicopter to retrieve the bodies, and they would have to wait until a break in the weather for the helicopter to fly in.

The Town of Eagle and Eagle County released the names of the skiers on Wednesday. Palmer was the sustainability director for Eagle County, Bossung worked with Palmer in the same department and Jessen was the owner of Bonfire Brewery.

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OEM officials said crews worked for 12 hours on Wednesday to recover the bodies which were buried under 20 feet of avalanche debris.

“We’re just kind of processing this and I think the transition from rescue to recovery has been really hard,” said Jeff Shroll, Eagle County Manager. “It’s a really good, close knit group of mountain bikers, skiers, kayakers, just outdoorsmen in general.”

Shroll knew the men well. He says all three were good friends, and experienced backcountry skiers.

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