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U.S. Ski Team member from Sandy killed in avalanche

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Posted at 11:38 AM, Jan 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-05 13:44:46-05

PARK CITY, Utah – The U.S. Ski Team has confirmed one of its members, a man from Sandy, has been killed in an avalanche.

The team lost two members Monday, 19-year-old Sandy residents Bryce Astle and 20-year-old Ronnie Berlack who is from New Hampshire and Vermont.

According to USSkiTeam.com, six athletes were freeskiing at an Austrian resort in Soelden before the avalanche.

“Ronnie and Bryce were both outstanding ski racers who were passionate about their sport – both on the race course and skiing the mountain,” U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Tiger Shaw said. “Our hearts go out to the Berlack and Astle families, as well as to their extended sport family. Both of them loved what they did and conveyed that to those around them.”

Astle races at Snowbird and was invited to train with the development team this season, according to USSkiTeam.com.

MORE: Get the latest updates from the U.S. Ski Team