Posted on December 31, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A deadly Dec. 31 avalanche in Colorado. Photo courtesy CAIC.
New Year’s Eve accident marks first avalanche death of the season
FRISCO — A hiker trying to climb one of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks died in an avalanche on the last day of 2014. The accident happend on the Kelso Ridge approach to Torreys Peak, a 14er along the Continental Divide between Summit and Clear Creek counties.
According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, two climbers met at the base of Steven’s Gulch Road, near the Bakerville exit along I-70 and joined with a third climber for the planned ascent. The trio traveled on snowshoes up Steven’s Gulch, then used an an existing skin track to traverse across several avalanche paths on the east side of Mt. Kelso. Continue reading
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Posted on December 21, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A strong storm will increase the avalanche danger in the Colorado mountains.
Avalanche cycle likely by Sunday, experts say
FRISCO — An incoming winter storm has prompted the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue an avalanche watch for most of the Colorado Mountains, with the exception of the southern San Juans and the Sangre de Cristos.
Heavy snow falling on a weak snowpack will quickly push the avalanche hazard into the red zone, with triggered avalanches all but certain on slide-prone terrain the next few days. Continue reading
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Posted on March 30, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A wet snow avalanche in Tenmile Canyon, near Frisco, Colorado. bberwyn photo.
Snowsports industry, safety agencies team up for Project Zero
With 25 backcountry avalanche deaths in the U.S. this winter, and eight in Colorado, mountain enthusiasts are launching a major crowdfunding push to boost the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
The Colorado effort is part of an ambitious national push to reduce avalanche fatalities to zero by 2025. Project Zero is a collaboration between AIARE, Snowsports Industries America, Friends of the CAIC, the Utah Avalanche Center, Northwest Avalanche Center, Canadian Avalanche Centre, National Ski Areas Association and the National Ski Patrol.
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Posted on February 11, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
High avalanche danger prevailed across the Colorado mountains when two backcountry skiers died in snow slides Feb. 10.
High slide danger persists across the mountains
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Colorado’s exceptionally deep snowpack turned deadly this week, as a backcountry traveler near Kebler Pass was killed in a large avalanche. Search and rescue crews also found another victim in the backcountry between Keystone and Breckenridge after a two-day search.
According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the Feb. 10 Kebler Pass slide involved two snowmobilers caught in a “very large avalanche” on a south- to southeast-facing slope below treeline. The slide broke between two to five-feet deep, about 600 feet wide and ran about 750 vertical feet. Debris at the bottom of the slide piled up to 20 feet deep.
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Posted on January 12, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Forecasters issue avalanche advisory for Summit-Vail and Front Range mountain zones
Big, dangerous slides like this slab avalanche in Uneva Bowl, near Vail Pass, are likely in the Colorado backcountry the next few days. bberwyn photo.
FRISCO — Dangerous avalanche conditions will persist across most of Colorado’s mountains for the next few days, as new snow and winds combine to bring the snowpack to its breaking point. With more snow in the forecast, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued an advisory for the Vail-Summit and Front Range zones, valid through 8 a.m. Monday (Jan. 12). Continue reading
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Posted on March 4, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
New snow brings spike in avalanche danger
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Avalanches have killed four people since March 1, including a snowboarder near Cameron Pass (west of Fort Collins, March 2), a snowmobiler in Utah and a climber on Mountain Washington, in New Hampshire.
The latest Colorado avalanche was a monster, breaking up to six feet deep in places. The slide was estimated at 1,200 feet wide and broke trees as it crashed down the mountain. A second person was injured in the slide and evacuated from the scene by helicopter, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Continue reading
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Posted on February 28, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Sketchy snowpack makes Summit County sheriff, resorts edgy
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — A sketchy snowpack and a series of avalanches in and near ski areas has prompted a joint warning on rope-ducking from Summit County Sheriff John Minor and local resorts.
Ducking a rope is also against the law as the part of the Colorado the Ski Safety Act of 1979. “You can face charges for this,” Minor said. “Don’t be naïve about the risk you’re taking, and don’t put others in danger because of your bad decisions.”
In one recent accident, a snowboarder ducked a rope at Keystone within sight of numerous people and broke through a cornice that triggered a slide. The man was caught and issued a summons by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office for skiing in a closed area. Continue reading
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