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Troopers says skier dead in Alaska avalanche

December 7, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a man died after being caught in an avalanche while skiing.

Troopers say the victim of the avalanche reported Saturday evening was tentatively identified as 35-year-old Eric Peterson of Delta Junction.

Troopers say 63-year-old Michael Hopper was skiing with Peterson when they were caught in the avalanche near milepost 205 of the Richardson Highway.

Hopper told authorities it took him 2- to- 3 hours to dig himself out and once he was free, he found Peterson’s glove. He then dug into the snow and found Peterson dead.

According to troopers, Hopper flagged down a passing motorist on the highway and contacted troopers.

Troopers were among responders to the scene, where conditions are unstable with heavy snow.

Conditions will be evaluated before a body recovery is attempted.

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