Mountain Rescue Aspen team recovers body of skier who died in Colorado avalanche


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ASPEN, Colorado — Searchers have recovered the body of a skier who was killed in an avalanche on Aspen Mountain.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says 64-year-old John Martin Gancsos was found dead Monday afternoon at the bottom of a snow-covered chute at about 9,400 feet. A fellow skier had notified emergency workers of the backcountry avalanche and of a missing skier in the Castle Creek Valley.

Conditions were deemed too dangerous to attempt a recovery Monday. Early Tuesday, a five-person Mountain Rescue Aspen team set out and completed the recovery in about three hours.

A Colorado Avalanche Information Center team of investigators was to visit the site Tuesday. The state-run center, which provides forecasts and other safety information, says it is the third avalanche death in Colorado this winter.

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