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We Learn the Story Behind the Man Who was Killed in Monday's Avalanche

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In a post that's been circulating on Facebook, Tyler Maxwell says the group was excited about the day of skiing ahead, when they left Altoona Ridge Lodge around 9 AM on Monday.

Visibility was low as they skinned up the ridge directly above the lodge.

Tyler says they dug a pit to test the snowpack, which revealed a deep, weak layer right on top of rocks. The group decided it was unsafe and were ready to exit, when Peter decided to check out another area near some trees.

Tyler explains that Peter was skiing to that spot, when he gained a lot of speed and passed it. That's when they heard the slope break, and watched as Peter went down.

Tyler says the group skied down the slope as fast as possible, trying to stay ahead of the huge fracture of snow ripping down the mountain. The slide carried Peter 1,500 vertical feet over a series of large cliffs.

Their beacons led them to Peter's location, and on the third probe, they found him, and dug him out. They then took turns doing chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth, but it was too late.

Tyler says he wrote the post for his family and friends, and because people deserve to know the truth about Peter's death. He can't comprehend never seeing his brother again, but he died doing what he loved, and they did everything they could to save him.

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