Empire man dies after being buried in avalanche

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By Corinne Westeman

An Empire man died after being buried in an avalanche Thursday afternoon on Jones Pass, the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office has confirmed.

Hans Berg, 48, was working as a photographer for the backcountry skiing company Powder Addiction, Undersheriff Bruce Snelling confirmed. He was in an area called Shipwreck and Dragon's Field at the time of the avalanche.

Around 1:53 p.m. Thursday, a group of about 14 Powder Addiction employees and guests heard the avalanche, and knew it was in the area where Berg had been.

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