There were 11 avalanche deaths in Colorado last winter. That’s above the long-term average but the number of fatal accidents in avalanche terrain is not increasing apace with surge in backcountry travel.
Gábor Házas, 54, was skiing just beyond the Aspen Highlands ski area boundary when he was caught in an avalanche, the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office said
Forecasters and snow scientists with the CAIC work with land managers, county sheriffs and search and rescue groups to compile detailed accounts of every fatal avalanche. Those reports are the cornerstones of avalanche education.
A beloved Steamboat Springs local was killed in an avalanche in the Fish Creek drainage northeast of town. Drew Hyde, 49, was skiing with a friend above the North Fork of Fish Creek on a heavily treed slope when a small avalanche released Saturday afternoon. He was swept into trees and “came to rest against […]
A storm packing up to 3 feet of snow is headed for parts of Colorado this weekend, building on massive amounts of recent snowfall that raised alarms over avalanche risk in the high country even as it helped ease drought concerns. It’s great news for Colorado’s snowpack. But for those wanting to explore the mountains […]
The two snowboarders talk about snow conditions and route selection as they drop in, one at a time. Gusting wind is blowing snow across the ridge as they wind between reefy rocks. “Avalanche!” yells Tyler DeWitt as he cranks to a stop below his friend Evan Hannibal. The two watch the slide — captured on […]
Sara Boilen stands at the front of her avalanche class each winter in Whitefish, Montana, and surveys her students. She offers two options and asks them to raise their hands to identify the more dangerous backcountry ski partner: a 22-year-old male or a middle-aged woman. Without fail, students overwhelmingly choose the young male. They are […]
By Sawyer D’Argonne, The Summit Daily FRISCO — Colorado again retained its macabre status as the country’s most dangerous state for avalanches, according data collected by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Since at least 1950, the amount of avalanche deaths in Colorado have far surpassed that of any other state, and the most recent avalanche […]