How a Breckenridge avalanche 35 years ago changed the trajectory of Colorado skiing
The Peak 7 avalanche at Breckenridge on Feb. 18, 1987, killed four young men and triggered an extreme-terrain arms race in Colorado as well as a now 35-year-old debate over ski area boundaries, personal responsibility and acceptable risks.
Following a historic Colorado avalanche season, pros and entrepreneurs create new tools for safer backcountry travel
A new podcast, a rescue sled, an avalanche education app and a guidebook offering mellow tours are some recent innovations offered by Colorado skiers after last year's deadly avalanche season.
Colorado’s 2020-21 avalanche season was tied for the deadliest. It’s helping forecasters hone warnings and outreach.
Avalanches killed 37 backcountry travelers in the U.S. last winter, including 12 in Colorado. Analysis of each tragedy helps avalanche scientists craft warnings to reach more skiers and snowmobilers.
Lack of jurors prompts mistrial in Colorado case against snowboarders who triggered avalanche above I-70
Too few Summit County residents responded to jury summonses in a case against two snowboarders who captured video of an avalanche above the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels.
Avalanche center boss will testify in criminal case against Summit County snowboarders as judge rejects “chilling effect” argument
Colorado Attorney General argued that making Ethan Greene an expert witness for the prosecution of backcountry travelers would stop others from providing information about avalanches.
Avalanche danger remains high in the West, 32 deaths confirmed this season
The accidents have involved different recreational activities — snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, hiking. And experts warn backcountry conditions are not improving.
Northern Colorado has its own backcountry ski patrollers. And they’re busier than ever.
Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol celebrates 30 years negotiating complicated terrain, boundaries and avalanche risk near Cameron Pass
Two decades of local avalanche forecasts in Crested Butte have proved their worth
By “keeping up with the Jones,” a pioneering nonprofit has helped keep fatalities few even as advanced equipment and opportunity send backcountry numbers soaring.
Wrongful death lawsuit targets Silverton Avalanche School, backcountry guide and airbag maker
Peter Marshall was buried and killed in an avalanche during a safety class near Red Mountain Pass in 2019. His family says the school, guide and Backcountry Access violated a raft of laws that led to his death.
Colorado plans to ramp up messaging after avalanches kill three experienced skiers in two days
How to reach experienced backcountry travelers is an age-old debate. Veterans can grow complacent, especially in areas where they ski often.
New Colorado avalanche study reveals troubling trend heading into busy backcountry season
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center found an increase in accidents involving experienced skiers during periods of elevated danger after the pandemic shutdown in March
Are Colorado’s backcountry skiing stashes “trade secrets”? A snowcat outfitter suing a former guide claims they are.
Steamboat Powdercats has sued a former employee, Stephen Bass, to stop his book from hitting shelves. They say it has to do with safety. The publisher says it has to do with access to “fresh pow.”
Colorado’s first-ever criminal charges following an avalanche could be slippery slope for backcountry travelers
Two snowboarders reported the avalanche they caused in March above the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels and cooperated with the investigation. Now, their statements and helmet-cam video are being used against them.
Retailers are seeing spike in backcountry gear sales. That has avalanche educators, search teams worried.
As ski resorts announce plans to manage crowds, avalanche equipment sales are soaring, leaving search and rescue teams and land managers bracing for record crowds exploring snowy mountains.
Bluebird Backcountry is expanding just as uphill skiing is expected to explode during coronavirus
The uphill-only ski area outside Kremmling is expanding to 1,200 acres for its second season with an emphasis on providing a safer experience and avalanche education.
Skier killed in avalanche near Crested Butte
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the skier was among four people who were skiing Tuesday on Mount Emmons
The snowbikers were prepared. But the “avalanche terrain trap” near Vail still stole two of their lives.
Motorized community revving avalanche education for new snowbikers, who bring dirt-biking skills to the winter mountains, but have little understanding of the risks of snow.
“You would think it’s the opposite”: The average age of fatal avalanche victims is on the rise
The "terror management" theory suggests some older people take more risks as they confront mortality
A Colorado avalanche instructor’s survey of backcountry skiers’ preparedness had “shocking” results
Vail’s Kelli Rohrig said her informal study also showed that many people had close calls with slides and some had even been caught in them