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Crested Butte avalanche claims first 2016 Colorado snow slide death

Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

A 32-year-old snowmobiler was killed in an avalanche Thursday west of Crested Butte, becoming Colorado's first fatality in a snow slide this season.

The Mt. Crested Butte Police Department identified the man as Daniel Bradly Sethness.

"He went by 'Brad' in our community," said Marjorie Trautman, a police spokeswoman.

Trautman said authorities believe Sethness was with a group of four people when the slide happened.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says Sethness triggered a large avalanche while riding below the southeast shoulder of Ruby Peak.

"The group was reported to have been using a snowmobile to tow a snowboarder off of a jump when the slide broke loose," police said in a news release.

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