An off-duty Keystone Mountain ski patroller died in an avalanche in southern Colorado on Thursday, becoming the state's sixth avalanche fatality of the season and the second in four days. According to the Summit Daily, the man was a first-year patroller from New Zealand. The Mineral County Sheriff's department has not yet released his name. The man was skiing with two partners in a backcountry area on Wolf Creek pass, of Route 160 near Wolf Creek Ski Area. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center on Thursday issued a special warning for backcountry skiers in Colorado. "Over the last week seven people have been caught in avalanches," the Center wrote. "Very large avalanches have been reported across the state." In December, 2010, the head of Wolf Creek's ski patrol was killed in an inbounds avalanche, the first in-bounds patroller death in Colorado since 1993.
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