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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. Can an avalanche beacon save your life? You bet, but its not a sure bet, as was evident in a case north of Steamboat Springs on Monday.
A 26-year-old man was skiing with friends, using snowmobiles to ferry themselves back up a hill near Buffalo Pass, when an avalanche occurred. Although his friends had dug him out within 10 minutes, it was to no avail. It was the first avalanche fatality of the year in Colorado, although the ninth in the United States so far this season.