Family and friends tell News 8's sister station, WISC-TV two men killed in a Colorado avalanche were from Wisconsin.
Justin Lentz, 32, died Saturday, according to his family. A friend confirmed to WISC-TV that Jarrard Law also died. Both men were from Portage.
The Lake County Office of Emergency Management says they and four other skiers triggered the slide on Star Mountain about 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says search and rescue crews found their bodies Sunday afternoon. Authorities haven’t released the names of anyone involved.
One of Lentz’s family members said they were notified Saturday night. His family tells WISC-TV Lentz was a Portage High School graduate who was in Colorado on a skiing trip.
Joey Kindred was a friend of both men. He says Law had worked at Cascade Mountain and was an avid skier, while Lentz was a snowboarder.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center had been warning of dangerous conditions across much of Colorado's mountains after two weeks of heavy snow in the high country.
The avalanche happened near Leadville, which is about 80 miles southwest of Denver.
Three other skiers were hospitalized with injuries that included a broken leg, a broken ankle and a possible broken rib and collapsed lung.
The CBS affiliate in Denver reported Sunday that one of the skiers was treated and released while the other two remained in the hospital.