Colorado

Nov 23, 2010 1:16 PM by Greg Boyce

Wolf Creek avalanche killed ski patrol director

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The ski patrol director at the Wolf Creek Ski Area has died after getting caught in an avalanche at the resort, known as one of Colorado's snowiest.

Forty-one-year-old Scott Kay died Monday, prompting the ski area to shut down for the day. A close friend, Bob Brammer, told The Durango Herald that Kay
was doing avalanche-control work when he was caught in the slide.  Kay, a former Marine, was married and had two sons, ages 6 and 8.

New snow has raised the avalanche danger to high in the mountains of Colorado, where a third of the nation's avalanche deaths occur. Another storm expected in the mountains Tuesday night could raise the danger.

Wolf Creek has gotten 18 inches of snow in the last two days.

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