Recent storms improved Colorado’s meager snowpack. But they also created extreme avalanche risk.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center recorded more than 200 avalanches in a 3-day period after storms brought significant snow to peaks last week.
Avalanche danger is climbing across Colorado’s high country
Heavy snowstorms have created “a sure recipe for avalanches,” state agency warns
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.
Colorado snowboarders charged in backcountry avalanche settle criminal case, won’t have to pay $168,000 in restitution
Tyler Dewitt and Evan Hannibal agreed to a deal that includes probation and community service but no financial penalty.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Acres of destruction left by Colorado’s historic avalanche season are also delivering climate change evidence
Researchers think secrets hidden in the rings of millions of felled trees may reveal the relationship between climate and avalanche cycles
Colorado’s weekend snowstorm prompted avalanches in areas that hadn’t slid in decades. Here’s why.
“Historic” avalanche conditions are being experienced all over Colorado after conditions have been lining up all season for big slides