Avalanche Danger Still High

Following two recent deaths, the state’s Avalanche Information Center says conditions remain dangerous along the Front Range and in other parts of Colorado.
February 13 2014, 1:30 PM

Following the deaths of two people in avalanches this week, Colorado’s Avalanche Information Center reported Wednesday that much of the state’s backcountry is still dangerous to travel.

An advisory on Wednesday recommended that travelers avoid areas in or below avalanche terrain, and mitigation work had been undertaken in parts of the state in an effort to clean up slides. In particular, the center reports the most dangerous conditions are in the Front Range, in Summit County, in the Aspen area, and in the San Juan mountains.

The Denver Post reports six feet of snow had fallen in remote mountain areas, which led crews to set off slides above some highways. On Tuesday, the body of a 46-year-old man was found just outside Keystone Ski Resort, about a day after he disappeared in an avalanche while skiing. On Monday, a snowmobiler was killed in a slide near Kebler Pass, outside Crested Butte. 

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