Avalanche danger is ‘considerable’
April 18, 2013
EAGLE COUNTY – Snowfall measured in feet is a good thing, but can bring hazards, especially in the backcountry.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s website Wednesday warned of “considerable” avalanche danger in the Summit County/Vail part of its map. That danger is fairly widespread across the northern and central mountains, including the Aspen and Sawatch Range, as well as Front Range mountains.
According to the April 17 report filed by forecaster Tim Brown, “danger is decreasing in the Vail-Summit zone. Still, Brown wrote, those heading into the backcountry can expect fresh wind slabs of snow up to three feet thick, primarily on “north to east aspects near and above treeline.”
Brown also warned people to be cautious around slopes of 30 degrees and steeper, especially if those slopes show signs of recent slide activity and cracks.
The new snow could also affect unstable snow slabs deep in the snowpack, Brown wrote.
“Human-triggered slides are possible to likely near and above treeline,” Brown wrote. “The calendar says spring, but the Vail-Summit County snowpack is still winter-like in some areas and it still demands respect.”