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Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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)

The high cost of climate change is already straining the budgets of Colorado towns

As wildfires, avalanches and drought increase in intensity, worried city managers are planning and budgeting for better water systems and backup sources.

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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.

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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.

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