By Christina Munnell
A Minnesota man was a victim of a deadly Colorado avalanche Saturday, officials said.
The avalanche, which officials call the the state's deadliest in 50 years, took the life of Rosemount graduate Joe Timlin, The Pioneer Press said. He was one of five victims.
Timlin, 32, played hockey for Rosemount High School and graduated in 1999 before moving to Colorado, Kare 11 News said.
He was part of a backcountry-touring group of six, on snowboards and skis, caught in the snow slide north of Loveland Pass, about 55 miles west of Denver. One member of the group survived, officials reported.
The deadly slide was estimated to be about 400 feet wide and five feet deep, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
The Pioneer Press said he had worked as a sales representative for various snowboarding companies and was also considered a very experienced rider.
"He was an outdoors-type and loved being out and about," recalls Mary Eigner, a former teacher at Rosemount High School. "Tim was fun-loving and a good kid."
This season, 24 people have died in avalanches, 11 in Colorado, Kare 11 News said. More than three feet of heavy snow in less than two weeks has created dangerous conditions in the mountains.
"When I heard the news I was pretty sad," Derek Anderson, a 1999 grad from Rosemount said in a statement. "He was a neat guy."