Experts are warning outdoor enthusiasts to avoid the backcountry in the Front Range and Summit County Tuesday because of high avalanche danger.
Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported high avalanche danger above and near treeline for both regions after heavy snowfall Monday and “continued strong westerly winds.” Avalanche forecasters said human-triggered avalanches “are very likely” in this area and “will be large enough to bury or even kill you.”
“Heavy snowfall on Monday and continued strong westerly winds are blowing and drifting snow in near and above treeline areas. This new and wind-deposited snow is forming touchy slabs on top of an extremely weak snowpack,” CAIC said in Tuesday morning’s forecast for the Front Range. “Very dangerous avalanche conditions exist today.”
CAIC recommended against travelling in or below avalanche terrain, encouraging skiers and boarders to stick to slopes with an angle of less than 30 degrees.
Avalanche conditions in the Front Range and Summit County are expected to begin to settle Wednesday. CAIC expects avalanche danger to be considerable above, near and below treeline, meaning avalanche conditions are dangerous and akiers should be “cautious” and “conservative” in their route-finding and decision-making.
The Christmas weekend storms delivered some of the heaviest snowfall Colorado has seen so far this season. Breckenridge and Winter Park recorded 18 inches, Keystone reported 16 inches and Arapahoe Basin measured 15 inches.
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