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Where there is snow, there could be avalanches, and Colorado receives a lot of snow. 

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center's, or CAIC, team of avalanche forecasters cover ten different zones across the state and forecast the chances of an avalanche occurring between early September and possibly early June.

The center forecasts avalanches within 28,000 square miles of backcountry and over 450 different areas on highways. 

Preparing Independence Pass For Summer Travel

May 30, 2019
Zoë Rom

Highway 82 over Independence Pass opens Friday after a winter of historic avalanches and above-average snowpack. It’s the highest paved highway in North America, known for its steep grades and hairpin turns, and is an important mountain conduit and a tourist destination in and of itself. It took months of work to open the road for summer travel this year.

Storms sweeping across the Rocky Mountains this winter have caused the highest avalanche danger since the ratings started in 1973. More than 3,000 avalanches already have taken place in Colorado alone, and they're unusually large.

White River National Forest lies just outside of Aspen. Part of the forest is known as Highlands Ridge.

The Roaring Fork Valley Mourns Arin Trook

Jan 22, 2019
courtesy photo

Arin Trook, the education director at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) was killed in an avalanche on Monday. Through his work, Trook visited schools throughout the valley, bringing “ecological literacy” to the youth.

One Fatality In Ashcroft Avalanche

Jan 21, 2019

Arin Trook,  the education director at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies was killed in an avalanche Monday morning in the Castle Creek Valley. Trook was staying at the Markley Hut up the Express Creek drainage with family and friends, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff's office.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

5 Point Film Festival is underway in Carbondale, and the offerings go beyond adventure films.  On Saturday, 5 Point will co-host a discussion about the impacts of backcountry rescue missions.

Courtesy of Amanda Boxtel

UPDATE: Tuesday, April 10, 10:07 a.m.

An 11-member rescue team successfully recovered the body of John Galvin, who was killed in an avalanche on Maroon Bowl on Sunday.

www.avalanche.state.co.us

A veteran member of Mountain Rescue Aspen was killed after being caught in an avalanche on Maroon Bowl yesterday. A release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office said it’s believed the skier hit a tree in the slide.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County’s road and bridge crews keep the roads clear and open during even the nastiest of winter storms. While doing it, they often have to drive through areas that are prone to avalanches.

 

Courtesy of Colorado Avalanche Information Center

A heavy, wet winter storm has brought lots of snow and statewide avalanche warnings.

Aspen Public Radio News

Highland Bowl remained closed Monday after a series of large avalanches the day prior.

Mountain Edition - December 8, 2016

Dec 8, 2016

  On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Wyatt Orme present a compilation of the week’s news.

  This post has been updated to reflect more accurate location data of recent avalanche activity.

Humans triggered avalanches five days in a row this week, and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is urging caution in the backcountry.

Independence Pass to open today

May 25, 2016
Courtesy of CDOT

Independence Pass is scheduled to open at noon today.

 

30 years of teaching backcountry basics

Mar 23, 2016
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) is a volunteer run collective that’s existed for decades. Along with assisting law enforcement in search and rescue missions year round, they offer educational components about backcountry and mountain survival.

CAIC

There are avalanches being reported in the high country already. On Saturday, a skier triggered a large slide on a mountain near Gothic. Forecasters from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center say the activity is due to new and wind-drifted snow gathering on old, weak layers from storms in October. Brian Lazar is with the Center.

Brian Lazar is the Deputy Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

codot.gov

The Colorado Department of Transportation is planning to open Independence Pass to vehicle traffic this week. The winter gates are scheduled to open Thursday.

Crews start in April, clearing the high mountain pass of snow and debris. One of the last steps is avalanche mitigation, where officials from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center set off slides, then road crews clear away the snow. The avalanche work was done Thursday. CDOT spokesperson Tracy Trulove is confident the road will open on time.

Warm Weather Leads to Unstable Area Snow

Mar 18, 2015
Aspen Snowmass/Jeremy Swanson

The Aspen Skiing Company closed 30% of the terrain on three of its mountains Wednesday. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

There’s been at least four nights where temperatures did not allow for the snow to freeze, causing instability on the steep stuff. Company spokesman Jeff Hanle.

More details on Aspen New Year’s Day avalanche

Mar 17, 2015
Colorado Avalanche Information Center

On Tuesday, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center released a more detailed review of what happened during a slide on New Year’s Day. Aspen Mountain Powders Tours had a tough day on the first day of 2015. The company, operated through Aspen Skiing Company, had a ski guide injured in an avalanche, and was one person away from injuring a client. 

CAIC: Avalanche watch, updated accident report

Mar 2, 2015
CAIC/Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol

There’s an avalanche watch for Aspen and surrounding areas, from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The CAIC says new snow and winds from an ongoing winter storm make natural and human triggered snow slides likely on steep slopes with an angle of more than thirty degrees.

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