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4:32 PM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colorado (KUSA) - A Michigan family is grateful to be alive after surviving an avalanche Saturday at Colorado's Arapahoe Basin.

An avalanche "in-bounds" was reported Saturday just before 3 p.m. in West Montezuma Bowl. 

That is on the back side of Arapahoe Basin.

The slide happened in terrain that's in-bounds, but closed to the public.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol had just done avalanche mitigation in that area a few hours before.

Ethan Greene is the director of CAIC. He says a slide following avalanche mitigation, especially at ski areas, is rare.

"Occasionally you run into a situation like this, where you do quite a bit of work and there's still an avalanche that's triggered," he said.

Fourteen people were on a guided run that was closed to the public when the avalanche happened.

Marty Hodges and his two sons, all of them from Kalamazoo, Mich., were part of the group.

The Hodges say they followed a patroller and roughly a dozen others as they hiked to an area off limits to the public.

They began to ski down.

"All of a sudden I heard like, a 'boom,'" Marty said.

KUSA

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