3 skiers killed in avalanche

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Three skiers were killed and one was saved by a safety device in an avalanche near a popular ski resort in Washington state.

The four were among a group of about a dozen skiers who were on Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains.

"All were buried to some extent, but the men who died were swept approximately 1,500 feet down a chute in the Tunnel Creek Canyon area," King County Sheriff's Sgt. Katie Larson said to the Washington Times.

Larson also told CNN that all the skiers were experienced and had avalanche safety equipment.

Deputy Chris Bedker with the King County Sheriff's Office also told CNN that the skiers were in a designated out-of-bounds area, but it was not closed and they were allowed to be there.

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