41 Avalanches Reported in Colorado Since Nov. 3

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In the last five days, 41 avalanches have been reported in Colorado, giving proof that avalanche season has returned to the Centennial State. According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), 11 of the 41 reported avalanches were caused by humans.

The avalanches come after parts of Colorado received upwards of two feet of new snow last week. The CAIC wrote in a Facebook post on Monday, 

“Sunday, a skier triggered this small avalanche in a wind-drifted feature above treeline on a steep northeast-facing slope. The avalanche occurred on Cinnamon Mountain, near Schofield Pass, but this general description above summarizes the avalanche concerns across the state. Where recent drifting built slabs that sit above a layer of older, weak snow, watch out, you too might trigger a slide.”

The CAIC is reporting a considerable avalanche risk in the northcentral portion of the state, including in portions of Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest on Monday, OutThereColorado reports. As a major storm system impacts much of the western United States this week, the avalanche danger in Colorado is likely to remain elevated if not increase.

On November 1, 2022, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center launched a new website, creating dynamic forecasts and avalanche threat levels, as well as daily 48-hour forecasts issued every afternoon at 4:30 pm. To learn more about current avalanche conditions in Colorado, visit the CAIC website.

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