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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Missing Carbondale man found dead in backcountry near Snowmass

David Cross, 32, died in “very hazardous terrain” in the West Willow area

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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.

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Berthoud Pass backcountry skier becomes Colorado’s fourth avalanche death this season

Grand County Search and Rescue said the man’s body was discovered after he was reported overdue by family members

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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.

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Skier dies in backcountry avalanche near Crested Butte

Officials are worried about a surge in backcountry skiers this year because of the coronavirus crisis

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Backcountry gear is scarce in Colorado as skiers hedge against another disrupted downhill season

Record-level purchases of alpine touring skis, splitboards and avalanche safety equipment leave gear makers wondering why they slashed their budgets last spring when the pandemic shutdown happened.

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Colorado’s winter tourism ad dollars will serve a new purpose this year: backcountry avalanche education

As a busy backcountry season looms, a first-of-its-kind collaboration corrals tourism marketing, avalanche education, land managers and outdoor recreation businesses to push responsible recreation this winter

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Peace in powder as snowcat operator drops lawsuit targeting former guide’s book about Buffalo Pass

Beacon Guidebooks’ upcoming guide to Buffalo Pass will not include names of runs and locations created by Steamboat Powdercats, which argued the titles were “trade secrets.”

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Steamboat Powdercats has settled a lawsuit against a former guide, arguing he is using the company's "trade secrets" in an upcoming guidebook on snowmobile-accessed skiing on Buffalo Pass. The area has seen an increase in the number of skiers using snowmobiles to access remote snowfields. (Provided by Steamboat Powdercats)

Coronavirus-wary Colorado skiers are willing to sit out this season, poll shows

A Magellan Strategies survey of Colorado skiers reveals apprehension over pandemic protocols, reservations and visitors. “I can go a year without skiing downhill,” one woman said.

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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

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A pair of skiers skin uphill at Loveland Ski Area on March, 20, 2020, near Georgetown. With many closures in Colorado due to the coronavirus pandemic, many more skiers and snowboarders opt for uphilling equipment to keep skiing in the backcountry and on ski resorts without chairlifts running. (Hugh Carey, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Cimarron Mountain Club, a private ski area near Montrose, sells its seven final memberships

The 2,000-acre ski area near Montrose has seen demand spike during the pandemic. The one-of-a-kind resort model offers snowcat-accessed skiing to only 13 members who pay $3 million to join.

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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.”

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Steamboat Powdercats has settled a lawsuit against a former guide, arguing he is using the company's "trade secrets" in an upcoming guidebook on snowmobile-accessed skiing on Buffalo Pass. The area has seen an increase in the number of skiers using snowmobiles to access remote snowfields. (Provided by Steamboat Powdercats)
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