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Weatherblog: More snow, avalanche danger hits Red Zone

The avalanche hazard in the Vail-Summit backcountry has hit the red zone, with triggered slides probable on steeper north to east-facing slopes above treeline. Click on the image for an explanation of the danger ratings.

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.

Get the statewide snow report here, and the Vail Resorts snow report here.

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. Continue reading

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