Colorado Special Avalanche Advisory In Effect Until Sunday Afternoon
In the wake of recent storms throughout the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued a Special Avalanche advisory for all of the state’s ranges except for the southern Front Range around Pikes Peak.
The avalanche danger in Colorado remains elevated after a potent storm created very dangerous avalanche conditions. According to the advisory, it is easy to trigger avalanches large enough to bury you, and some may grow very large in size. Wind-loaded slopes are one of the biggest concerns across the state.
This Advisory follows a series of deadly avalanches that killed two and caught more than eight other people in areas around the state – but centered on the western mountains which receive the most snow. 21 Americans have died in avalanches so far this year, including 10 Coloradans.
The advisory has recommended that even in areas with a Level 2 danger rating, extra care and precaution should be taken in the backcountry. The advisory is set to expire on Sunday, March 26 at 4:30 pm, though it could potentially be extended depending on conditions.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is urging all backcountry travelers to exercise caution and stay informed about the current avalanche conditions. It is essential to carry the right safety equipment, including a transceiver, shovel, and probe, and to understand how to use them in case of an emergency.
The center provides daily avalanche forecasts, weather reports, and other valuable information to help keep backcountry travelers informed and safe. The public is encouraged to visit the center’s website at https://avalanche.state.co.us/ to read the full forecast and stay up-to-date on the latest conditions.
As winter conditions continue throughout the state, it is crucial to take the necessary steps to ensure safety when traveling in the backcountry. By staying informed and being prepared, you can help mitigate the risks and enjoy the beauty of the Colorado mountains safely.
To learn more visit: https://avalanche.state.co.us/
Alex is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.