Photos and Video: Avalanches in Colorado this week

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Natural avalanche on Ajax Peak at Telluride, Colo. Photo courtesy: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Natural avalanche on Ajax Peak at Telluride, Colo. Photo courtesy: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

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  • Debris field left by a very large, explosive-triggered avalanche. Photo courtesy: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
  • Double Top Mountains, west aspect, near Gunnison, Colo. Photo courtesy: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
  • Natural avalanche on Ajax Peak at Telluride, Colo. Photo courtesy: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
  • A break in clouds allowed glimpse of a very large natural avalanche on the NW face of Whitehouse Mountain above Marble, Colo. Photo courtesy: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

DENVER — Heavy snow in recent days in Colorado’s mountains has created a high risk of avalanches in many parts of the high country.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center recommends people stay out of the back country for now.

Two people were killed in separate avalanches Monday. One skier died south of the Keystone Ski Resort and a snowmobiler was buried near Crested Butte.

The photos above are from the Avalanche Information Center.

The video below was posted by Cody Strong. He was snowmobiling near the old mining town of Tin Cup in Gunnison County when an avalanche hit him. He was OK but considers himself “lucky.”

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