Usually somewhere between $5 and $20 to get a cylinder filled in the US. Dive shops are also generally cheaper. They just need the adapter to fill the cylinder. A phone call should verify that.
As far as the avalanche accident goes. That area where it happened has lots of micro features. It had also been very warm the day before and day of the accident. Definitely above freezing on Saturday. My truck read 38 degrees F at the summit of the pass. Lots of evidence of freeze thaw activity, and also signs of west slide activity on the sunnier slopes. I noted 2-3 point release slides starting in rocks and one tree'd slope. As you would expect. There was also what appeared to be a wet slab release just to the North of the pass, on the other side of the highway from where the accident happened.
Avalanche danger was rated as moderate on all aspects and all elevations for the day.
The biggest problems is, even with this warming and strengthening of the snow pack, the bottom 10-30cm of the snow pack is pretty much all facets. Sugar snow for those who don't know the term. That is just not going away anytime soon, though that warm cycle certainly helped. We have also had a persistent weak layer issue for weeks, though it had not been very reactive. It seems most likely this persistent weak layer is what failed. I would guess the group hit a thin layer in the overlying slab and triggered it. When the avalanche center talks about isolated pockets of concern, this seems to be a classic example. I certainly would not have expected this on the terrain they were traveling on. It is not very steep in that area, and there wasn't much going on to warn you that a slab like that on a slope that is not very sun exposed would go. All of this is just my observations, so don't take this as an official report. Hopefully just a little insight into the day. The provider is well regarded and this is obviously a tragic accident. I also talked to some of the guides who were in the area, but no one at the scene when the accident happened. They knew a tiny bit more, but info was still not solid, so I have nothing to share there. Waiting on the CAIC final report to see what they found. This will be a learning experience for pretty much every avalanche school in the US, if not North America.
Of note, in 2005 there was a person killed in a L2 avy class just outside of Aspen Highlands. I know there have been a few others previous to that. You can find the summary of that one on the CAIC's accident summary page from the 04-05 season.