PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — A skier was killed in a large avalanche just outside the boundary of Aspen Highlands ski area Sunday, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said three skiers triggered the avalanche around 1 p.m. in the Maroon Bowl area of Highland Peak, outside the ski area boundary of Aspen Highlands.
The Sheriff's Office said one of the skiers was killed. The two others were caught in the slide but were able to pull themselves out.
Rescuers used a rope to pull one of the skiers uphill and into the ski area, where they were rescued by Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol. The other skier was rescued by helicopter.
The body of the third skier was recovered by helicopter, the Sheriff's Office said. On Monday, the Pitkin County coroner identified the skier who died as Gábor Házas, 54, of Budapest, Hungary.
The Sheriff's Office said all three skiers had avalanche safety training and were carrying and using avalanche safety equipment.
This is the second fatal avalanche in Colorado in three days. On Friday, a man from Glenwood Springs was killed in an avalanche southwest of Marble in Gunnison County. Two other people were caught and injured in that avalanche. One of them hiked out of the backcountry to get help, and the other was evacuated by helicopter.
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