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Friend: 2 Wis. avalanche victims loved outdoors

9:13 PM, Feb 17, 2014   |    comments
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TWIN LAKES - The Colorado Office of Emergency Management released the names of the two victims in Saturday's deadly avalanche west of Twin Lakes on Saturday.

Two of the seven skiers, both from Wisconsin, were killed. The two have been identified as Jarrard Law, 34, of Portage, and Justin Lentz, age 32, of Sun Prairie.

Three other skiers were hospitalized following Saturday's avalanche near Leadville. The Lake County Sheriff's Office says rescue crews found the two skiers' bodies Sunday afternoon near Independence Pass, about 80 miles southwest of Denver.

A friend of the two Wisconsin skiers killed says the two were close buddies who loved to spend time on the slopes and mountain-biking trails.

Joey Kindred of Tomah says he used to go skiing with Lentz and Law.

Kindred says Lentz and Law were kindhearted and smart, and both knew how to light up a room.

He says Lentz was the life of the party, always making people laugh and keeping everyone's energy high. And he says he never saw Law drink alcohol but Law would still show up to parties because he loved being around his friends.

He says both were huge fans of mountain biking.

Four of the five survivors are from Twin Lakes. One skier is from Wisconsin.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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