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This weekend, Nate Soules would have celebrated his 39th birthday.

9NEWS reporter Kevin Torres traveled to Telluride and spoke with Nate's widow.

Hilary Soules says she wants everyone to know her husband was more than just a statistic. Hilary wants to remind skiers and snowboarders that when avalanche danger is high - don't try to tackle the slopes. She says Nate went out by himself the day he died when the danger level was high.

You can hear more from Kevin's interview with Hilary Soules in the attached video.