Avalanche danger high as holiday weekend begins

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. -- Just a few feet from a group of snowboarders on U.S. 6 Loveland Pass, sits a sign warning them of the dangers of snowboarding in the backcountry.  Such is the life of those living on the edge.

“It’s a mountain, man, anything can happen, you know?” said one snowboarder.

Most of the snowboarders FOX31 Denver spoke with say they know of the dangers of snowboarding out-of-bounds, and of the six people who have died this season due to avalanches.  It didn’t seem to deter any of them.

Friday, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued a special avalanche bulletin for a large portion of the Colorado mountains.

On Thursday, a member of Keystone Resort’s Ski Patrol died in an avalanche.  The avalanche center says this season, 35 people have been caught in an avalanche, injuring ten. Six people have died, which is on par with statistics this time of year.

The record was set in 1992, when 12 people died.  While those numbers caught the attention of snowboarders at U.S. 6 Loveland Pass, it didn’t stop any of them from snowboarding in the backcountry.

This presidents’ holiday weekend promises to be a busy one for local ski resorts.   It also comes with a reminder to use common sense.

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