(The Center Square) – Colorado’s top avalanche official warns of high avalanche danger in the state’s backcountry as the holiday weekend approaches.
âThe new snow and the holiday weekend will provide a much needed outlet for all kinds of hunting dogs, but we also expect HIGH (level 4 of 5) avalanche danger on Friday,â said Ethan Greene, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), part of the state’s Department of Natural Resources.
After an unusually warm fall for the season, CAIC said the state’s snowpack was “quite weak,” adding to the threat of avalanches. The agency said backcountry travelers had triggered avalanches “from low-angle slopes below, beside and above steeper slopes” in parts of the state over the years. last two weeks.
CAIC recently recorded avalanches in the backcountry near Steamboat and the Flat Tops Range as well as the Sawatch Range and the North San Juan Mountains, according to its website.
Most of the avalanches recorded by CAIC over the past two weeks have been classified as âsoft slabâ avalanches, meaning they are composed of relatively new snow compared to âhard slabâ avalanches.
To help mitigate some of the risks associated with avalanches, CAIC recommends that backcountry travelers carry equipment such as an avalanche rescue transceiver, sounding pole and shovel. . CAIC also advises staying on slopes “less than 30 degrees steep that are not connected to steeper terrain.”
âWe recommend that people avoid traveling on or under steep snow-covered slopes during times of high avalanche danger,â Greene said. “We want to make sure people go out, have fun, but come home safe to spend time with their families.”