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Satellites, airplanes and lasers are tracking Colorado avalanches

Avalanche forecasting has come a long way since the 1950s, when forecasters relied solely on weather to predict when and where snow might slide. But it still requires scientists skiing and digging into the snowpack. That’s changing as satellites, aircraft-mounted sensors and ground-based remote monitoring fast-track the evolution of snow science, giving experts comprehensive insight […]

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Avalanche danger remains high in the West, 32 deaths confirmed this season

By Pat Graham, The Associated Press Snowboarder Maurice Kervin glided into the snow along the steep terrain in the Colorado backcountry like he’s done so many times. There was no warning for what happened next as he glanced over his shoulder: a rush of snow swiftly heading his way. Caught in an avalanche last month, […]

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Snowmobiler killed in avalanche near Colorado’s Rollins Pass was pinned beneath sled

The father and son had throttled their snowmobiles up the steep, east-facing slope below Mount Epworth several times that Sunday afternoon.  Dad — 58-year-old Michael “Tony” Westall — went for a final charge up the hill. But instead of turning his machine around the high-point of his arc, he kept going across the hill. His […]

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Avalanche-trained dog locates body of snowmobiler killed in massive northern Colorado slide

Search and rescue teams on Wednesday used an avalanche-search dog to find the body of a snowmobiler buried in a large slide in the Never Summer Mountains of northern Colorado. His death brings the total number of people killed in avalanches in Colorado so far this season to 11, equal to the number who died […]

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Snowboarder killed Sunday in backcountry avalanche near Loveland Ski Area is identified

Authorities have identified one of two men who were killed in separate avalanches in Colorado on Sunday. The Clear Creek County Coroner’s Office says 57-year-old David Heide of Saint Mary’s died while skiing alone Sunday morning in the Mount Trelease area north of Loveland Pass, about 57 miles west of Denver. The county sheriff’s office […]

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MAP: Colorado avalanches have killed at least 11 people during the 2020-21 winter season

At least 11 people have been killed in Colorado avalanches during the 2020-2021 snow season. Avalanche forecasters and search and rescue crews were worried that this year would be especially deadly because of the coronavirus pandemic and a weak snowpack. The season is Colorado’s deadliest since the record-setting 2012-2013 snow year when 11 people died […]

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Communication challenges in “terrain trap” contributed to deaths of three skiers in Colorado avalanche, report says

Communication challenges in a large group and a “terrain trap” were contributing factors in the deadliest avalanche in the state since 2013, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s report on the massive slide that killed three men near Ophir Pass in the San Juans on Feb. 1.  A skier who was buried but survived […]

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Remembering Adam Palmer: A real-life mountain unicorn with an infectious personality

Unicorns are the mythical creatures woven into folklore from ancient Greek times through European medieval periods, and even today as a basis for internet memes and emo T-shirts. But maybe they’re not so mythical. Perhaps the unicorn has evolved over the ages and manifests in our lives today.  After careful consideration, I have come to […]

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Skier killed in East Vail avalanche identified as longtime local John Kuo

The Eagle County Coroner’s Office identified the skier killed in Thursday’s avalanche in East Vail as John Kuo, a longtime Vail local and gifted skier known among friends as “Johnny Tsunami.” Kuo skied East Vail often and left the backcountry access gate atop Vail’s Siberia Bowl midday Thursday. The avalanche on the eastern flank of […]