70+ avalanches in May show that slide risk still exists in Colorado

Scott Toepfer, right, a member of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, takes depth measurements at the crown of an avalanche at Sheep Creek near Loveland Pass. The avalanche on April 20, 2013, killed five snowboarders. Courtesy of The Associated Press.

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, 71 avalanches have been reported to have occurred through May 13. This means that avalanche season isn’t over yet in Colorado, showing why those entering the backcountry should continue to exercise caution.

Perhaps most notable were avalanches that occurred over last weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park. According to the CAIC reports, several people were partially buried though no one faced significant injury.

If you’re entering the backcountry, be aware of the snowpack and only approach snowy slopes if you’ve got the education about avalanches that makes doing so safer and more responsible.

Here’s a look at current avalanche risk around the state.



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