Five snowboarders who died in a Colorado avalanche this weekend were all in their 30s and from Colorado, authorities said.
Killed in the avalanche were Christopher Peters, 32, from Lakewood; Joseph Timlin, 32, from Gypsum; Ryan Novack, 33, from Boulder; Ian Lanphere, 36, from Crested Butte; and Rick Gaukel, 33, from Estes Park, CNN reported.
The five deceased snowboarders were trapped under about 8 feet of snow in what is being called Colorado's deadliest avalanche since 1962, ABC News said. They were found dead Saturday after being buried in the snow on a high mountain pass in Colorado's White River National Forest, CNN said.
A sixth member of the snowboarder group was a lone survivor who dug himself out of the snow and flagged down workers with the Colorado Department of Transportation, ABC News said.
The avalanche happened at Loveland Pass, about 50 miles west of Denver at an elevation of 11,990 feet just east of the popular ski resorts of Breckenridge and Vail, CNN said.
The group set off in the morning and the avalanche triggered around 1 p.m., CNN said. All of the snowboarders were wearing avalanche beacons and proper equipment, CNN reported.