Snowboarders may have 'triggered the avalanche'

Five backcountry snowboarders were killed and one other survived an avalanche on Saturday at Colorado's Loveland Pass, a local sheriff's department said.

Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger told Reuters that the snowboarders apparently triggered the avalanche at the 11,990-foot (3,651-metre) pass.

The avalanche occurred at about 1pm (1900 GMT) just above the Loveland Ski Area, he said. The bodies are being recovered.