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Backcountry: Spring avalanche danger spiking

Wet snow slides likely near and below treeline

A wet snow slide in the Tenmile Range near Breckenridge.

SUMMIT COUNTY — A couple of large, skier triggered slides in the Tenmile Range show that spring-like weather will lead to a spike in the backcountry avalanche danger.

With overnight lows barely dipping below freezing in many areas, the snowpack on steeper, sunny slopes will become more unstable, with a good chance of wet snow slides, especially below rock bands and cliffs as the day progresses.

Overall, conditions are “a go” for backcountry activities, but timing and route selection are key to safe travel, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said in its Saturday morning bulletin, rating the avalanche hazard as considerable on all slopes near and below treeline because of the potential for wet snow slides. At higher elevations, the danger is rated as moderate. A “considerable” rating means both natural and triggered avalanches are likely. Continue reading “Backcountry: Spring avalanche danger spiking”