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Former Minnesotan among avalanche victims in Colorado

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The five victims of Saturday's fatal avalanche in Colorado include a man who grew up playing hockey in Minnesota before discovering a new passion in the Rocky Mountains.

KARE-11 reports 32-year-old Joe Timlin grew up in Rosemount before moving to the Vail area in the 1990s.

Timlin was among the snowboarders killed in Colorado's deadliest avalanche in more than 50 years. The Denver Post reports they were killed during an event that Timlin helped organize to promote backcountry boarding and raise money for Colorado's Avalanche Information Center.

One of the six men on the trip survived the slide, which occurred above the Loveland Pass ski area.

Denver Westword reports Timlin had worked as a sales rep for various snowboard equipment brands and was the driving force behind the Rocky Mountain High backcountry gathering.

In an interview with shayboarding.com last year, Timlin mentioned his youth in Minnesota but said since he'd arrived in Colorado snowboarding had become his life.

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