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Photos: Six dead in western avalanches since Saturday, including Colorado's Ashleigh Cox

Yesterday, a few hours after we let you know about an avalanche near Keystone that killed a backcountry skier, Governor John Hickenlooper issued a warning about the danger of such slides -- and no wonder. Not only have two people in Colorado died in avalanches over recent days , but the fatality total is six when incidents from two other states are added. And in one of those tragedies, the person who passed away was Colorado Springs college student Ashleigh Cox, seen here. Photos, details and the Hickenlooper statement below.
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