Tag Archives: avalanche

Identity Of Avalanche Victim Released

The Garfield County coroner has released the identity of the man who died Tuesday in an avalanche in the Flat Tops. The man has been identified as 55 year old Jesse Christensen from Steamboat.  Christensen was riding with Sean Searle, Continue reading

High Avalanche Danger This Weekend

There will be considerable avalanche danger this weekend due to the heavy snowfall over the past few weeks, most notably in the Steamboat and Flat Tops areas. 12 to 16 inches of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours in areas of North Continue reading

Avalanches Cause Closures On I-70

Avalanches were a big issue yesterday in Colorado. Separate snow slides shut down I-70 near Vail Pass and the Eisenhower Tunnel for most of the day. Berthoud Pass was also closed due to avalanche reduction work for approximately 10 hours. Severe Continue reading

Avalanche Danger High

Avalanche danger is high in the Steamboat and Flat Tops areas due to the heavy snowfall over the past week. The 2 to 3 feet of new snow and strong winds in the area, have created the avalanche conditions. Visitors to the area on Continue reading

Steamboat And Flat Tops Avalanche Danger Elevated

AVALANCHE WARNINGThe heavy snowfall and high winds in the mountains over the past 24 hours and the likelihood of more snow and gusty winds today has raised the avalanche danger for areas around Steamboat Springs and the Flat Tops. The Colorado Avalanche Continue reading

Avalanche Deaths In Colorado and Wyoming

AVALANCHE WARNINGAvalanches kill an average of 42 people each year in North America. Hundreds more are injured. Avalanches can happen to those skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, driving, hunting and bike riding. Many avalanche Continue reading

Rescues Highlight Snowmobile Safety

snowmobile safetyThe potential dangers and threats to your life and health, while on a snowmobile outing, have become very real following two incidents in Wyoming in the past week. One ended in tragedy with the death of a Cheyenne, Wyoming woman. The other had a happy ending when two South Continue reading

State Supreme Court to Decide if Ski Resorts can be Held Liable for Avalanches

AVALANCHE WARNINGThe question of whether Colorado ski resorts can be liable for avalanches that happen within their boundaries comes before the state’s high court in a lawsuit prompted by a skier’s death. Attorneys presented arguments yesterday in a case with Continue reading

Avalanche Injures Back Country Skier in Eagle County

AVALANCHE WARNINGAn avalanche yesterday on Pitkin Creek resulted in injuries, but no deaths. Three men were on the mountain when a large avalanche was triggered trapping one and breaking his leg. The victim was Continue reading

Avalanche Danger Rises in Backcountry

AVALANCHE WARNINGAvalanche forecasters are cautioning backcountry enthusiasts after a series of recent storms and with more snow expected over the weekend. Ethan Greene, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, says “there’s plenty of risk out there right Continue reading

Avalanche Danger Rises

AVALANCHE WARNINGThe avalanche danger in the Steamboat & Flat Tops Zone has been raised to considerable today and wind slab avalanches have been added back to the problem list. The danger has Continue reading

Late Snow Could Mean Safer Avalanche Conditions

SNOWPACKColorado avalanche forecasters say mild temperatures this fall could lead to a more stable snowpack later in the winter. In each of the past two winters, the state has experienced early snowfall followed by longer dry spells. That caused a weak base layer in the snowpack that made slopes vulnerable to large, less predictable, Continue reading