Avalanche danger ‘considerable’ in Colorado

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DENVER – The avalanche danger across parts of the Colorado high country was classified as “considerable” Tuesday because of the new snow that fell and the forecast of high winds.

Wind drifting the new snow on top of old crusts of snow is the reason for raising the avalanche danger. It’s most pronounced at tree line elevations around Vail, Steamboat and other areas in the central mountains.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center urges back country travelers to carefully evaluate terrain and snowpack as they move.

“There are old, hard, persistent slabs deeper in the snowpack, and you could trigger a large avalanche in isolated areas,” says Spencer Logan of the Avalanche Information Center.