Winter storm warnings and advisories issued, the avalanche danger climbs to ‘high’ in the local backcountry, more snow on the way
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s a powder day in Summit County, with up to 7 inches of new snow (Breckenridge and Beaver Creek) reported from around the Vail and Summit ski resorts. Copper reported 4 inches, with 3 inches at Keystone and 2 inches at A-Basin, which is now reporting a 35-inch base.
Steamboat also picked up 7 inches, while Winter Park benefited the most from the recent storm’s upslope component, picking up 8 inches to win the Colorado snowfall derby.
The new snow has kicked the avalanche danger into the red zone, with a high risk of triggered slides on north the east-facing slopes above treeline. Forecasters recommend that backcountry travelers avoid high-elevation slopes 30 degrees and steeper with wind-loaded north to east aspects. (more…)
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