Avalanche investigators testifying in criminal case could have “chilling effect,” warns Colorado AG
State Attorney General says testimony of Colorado Avalanche Information Center boss Ethan Green in first-ever criminal case involving an avalanche could hinder reporting and damage the research function of the agency.
Satellites, airplanes and lasers are tracking Colorado avalanches
Eye-in-the-sky technology is bringing avalanche science into the 21st century, enabling forecasters with better tools for predicting threats in Colorado’s backcountry.
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.
Snowmobiler killed in avalanche near Colorado’s Rollins Pass was pinned beneath sled
Michael “Tony” Westall was trapped in “a slushy mix of avalanche debris and water.” He is one of 11 backcountry travelers killed in avalanches in Colorado this season.
Snowboarders facing criminal charges for avalanche above I-70 lose a critical battle in court
Two backcountry veterans face a $168,000 fine for an avalanche that buried a road above I-70. A judge rejected their motion to dismiss video of the avalanche they gave to Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
Avalanche-trained dog locates body of snowmobiler killed in massive northern Colorado slide
The man died when a slide broke near Ruby Mountain in Jackson County. His death brings the total number of people killed in avalanches this season to 11, a tie for the worst season on record.
Snowmobiler missing after avalanche in Jackson County
There have been 10 avalanche deaths this season in Colorado, making it the deadliest season since 2012-13
Snowboarder, snowmobiler killed in two separate Colorado avalanches on Sunday
Ten backcountry travelers have died in avalanches in Colorado this season, making this winter the deadliest since 2012-13. The hazard continues to climb as new snow and high winds stress a weak snowpack.
MAP: Colorado avalanches have killed at least 11 people during the 2020-21 winter 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
Man killed in East Vail avalanche was standing in a spot “he felt safe” when he was buried, report says
Johnny Kuo died during a dangerous avalanche cycle that continues with new snow coming over President's Day weekend
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.
Communication challenges in “terrain trap” contributed to deaths of three skiers in Colorado avalanche, report says
A final Colorado Avalanche Information Center report on the slide released Sunday provides details on the deadliest Colorado avalanche since 2013 capping a week where 15 backcountry travelers have died in slides across the U.S.
Remembering Seth Bossung: A master at building relationships that matter
He was an architect, aficionado of fine design and an athlete, but friends remember Seth Bossung, one of three men killed in a Feb. 1 avalanche near Silverton, as a dedicated husband and father who fostered deep connections with friends
Remembering Andy Jessen: A friend and leader who forged community
Andy Jessen, one of three men killed in a Feb. 1 avalanche near Silverton, created more than a brewery in Eagle. Alongside his wife, Amanda, the magnetic visionary who fostered friendship and ideas around a backyard bonfire helped guide his hometown’s growth.
Skier killed in East Vail avalanche identified as longtime local John Kuo
John Kuo, known as "Johnny Tsunami," regularly skied the easy-to-access East Vail zone beyond the boundary of the Vail ski area.
Avalanche kills skier in popular backcountry area east of Vail
Forecasters continue to warn of high avalanche danger in Vail and Summit County after heavy snowfall.
3 men killed in avalanche near Silverton identified as prominent Eagle County community members
One of the victims, Adam Palmer, was a newly elected Town of Eagle trustee. Andy Jessen co-founded Bonfire Brewing in Eagle. Seth Bossung managed projects for the county’s energy efficiency department.
Three Eagle County men feared dead in massive avalanche near Silverton
The beloved community members buried on southern Colorado’s South Lookout Peak could push the grim 2020-21 season’s avalanche fatality count to seven.
As Colorado backcountry use soars, Vail Pass’ fee model could be a way to manage the crush
Dangerous avalanche conditions, combined with high backcountry use, create a busy season for managers of public lands.
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.