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Feb 24, 2010 1:51 PM

Avalanche victim found

A search team says it has found the body of a skier who was apparently caught in an avalanche in the backcountry outside Aspen.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Department says the victim was found at about 9 a.m. Wednesday near a popular backcountry hut. The victim's name hasn't been released.  The avalanche happened at about 4 p.m. Tuesday.  Authorities say the skier was in a group of eight, and all had backcountry experience. They tried to find the missing skier but couldn't.

A 911 call got through at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, and Mountain Rescue Aspen sent several searchers to the scene.

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