Three skiers and one snowmobiler have died in Colorado avalanches since Wednesday, one of the worst single-week fatality totals in recent Colorado state history. Two people died on Sunday, including 13-year-old skier Taft Conlin of Eagle, Colorado, who was killed while skiing a closed run inbounds at Vail Resort. Avalanche safety experts blamed the deaths, in part, on poor snow conditions made more dangerous by the weekend's heavy snowfall. Unstable conditions in the backcountry could last months. "Unfortunately, now that we have this weak snowpack as the structural basis, this problem will persist well into the spring," said Colorado Avalanche Information Center Deputy Directory Brian Lazar. A total of six people died in avalanches last winter in Colorado.
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