Avalanche Danger Could Be Worst In Colo. History

LOVELAND PASS, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – A storm system that’s been socking parts of Colorado’s mountains with snow isn’t over yet.

There was a lull in the system Wednesday, but snow was expected to intensify again later in the day into Thursday.

The National Weather Service says the heaviest snow is expected from the top of the Grand Mesa to the Elk and West Elk Mountains, including the area near Crested Butte.

An avalanche warning for those areas as well as for the mountains around Steamboat Springs remains in effect. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) said 1 to 2 feet fell in the warning area between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

Experts are worried about some spots that aren’t typically a problem because the overall snowpack is incredibly delicate right now. Avalanche forecasters are now saying Colorado may see the most dangerous avalanche conditions in state history.

Skiers who don’t want to pay for a lift ticket like to go to Loveland Pass and hitchhike for runs. It’s typically safe to ski there, but not right now.

“You feel this little sense of safety that probably doesn’t really exist because you’re so close to a major thoroughfare, there’s people skiing and riding all over the place,” Scott Toepher with CAIC said.

Toepher is very concerned about an avalanche on Loveland Pass. The danger level is on the cusp of being called extreme.

“We could really see some big avalanches that we haven’t seen in 50, maybe even 100 years if this kind of snow comes in like they say,” Toepher said.

For too many people safety isn’t a concern. When it snows, people will come despite the warnings.

On Tuesday the Colorado Department of Transportation cleaned up one of the largest avalanches they’ve seen on Loveland Pass in 40 years. The CAIC says in order for the danger to drop, they need to see a huge period where there are no storms in the state, which is unlikely to happen.

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  • afraid4me

    I thought global warming was going to bring an end to skiing? Reduced snowfalls? Drought?

    It’s WEATHER. It’s cyclical.

    • Runamuk1

      Watch the movie “Day After Tomorrow” and you won’t ask that question again.

      • Injun Joe

        And that was true???

      • Damon Smithwick

        I sure hope you’re freaking joking, otherwise this is sad testimony to the state of science education in America.

      • usranger74

        Ya, right. The movies are really accurate, right??? GW yes/myab., Man caused hell nol

  • BigD55

    You big silly. Don’t you know that global warming really means climate change which means more drastic cooling and dramatic weather shifts and disruptions. C’mon. All the cool people(pun most definitely intended) know this. You must be some backward thinking hunt’n type who had not progressed to natural, modern man.

    • Neverfellforit

      Looks like you still think the earth is flat. Those who INVENTED global warming couldn’t make that stick, so they changed the name and parameters to include anything that happens in the world. I guess my truck’s dead battery was caused by “climate change” the other day, and I should send the jump bill to Al Gore.

      • thfactof the matter

        No, No, No, It was actually eight years of failed Bush Policy which can be applied to all of the above

    • cottoneyed

      “Silly”, the nerve of someone like calling anyone “silly” who believes this absolute myth is the height of hypocrisy. AGW is what is truly silly. Given that we now know beyond any doubt that the data to back the claim was manipulated, manipulated because it meant millions in funding for them. In 2000, they said that snow in winter in the UK was something children would never witness. Yet the last 3 winters in the UK have been replete with snow. You people use to call it “global warming” but because that simply wasn’t working, you change in mid stream, and began to it “climate change. By golly, yes, now lots of snow means “climate change” aka, Global warming. You my friend are the one who is just not silly, but you’re a THIEF, demanding that the American taxpayer foot this stupid notion. Shame on the whole lot of you nuts.

    • JBnID

      If you put a sarcasm hint in there more people will get your joke and point.

      • Sorely Frickey

        Or maybe he’s content with everyone over the age of 12 understanding it’s sarcasm.

    • Dr. Albert Gortenbull

      Even Al Gore is no longer concerned about the oceans rising. He bought a beach front mansion at Malibu. Albert

      • dan gregory

        Next thing ya know OLE Al gored (by a bull) will be saying that snow is white and always will be? He is SOOO smart???

    • Alf

      BigD55 is clearly joking.

    • joe

      global warmers think backwards. We know that global warmers think up is down ,hot is cold, money grows on trees or other peoples wallets,etc EPA scientists get paid big bucks by lawmakers to make global warming reports that reduces the competition for manufacturing US companies while they are away in foreign lands .So, while the rest of the world pollutes and makes the big bucks and builds up their civilizations,Americans just keep paying and breathe the air that blows from all around the world over and through the USA.

  • mozartbluerun

    article from The Independent ten years ago
    “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”
    By Charles Onians

    Monday, 20 March 2000

    Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.
    Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

  • Nifty

    That isnt what they meant..what they mean is that any extreme weather is a sign of global warming/climate change. Unless everything is at an average temperature then that too will also be a sign that man is wrecking the global. Just shut up and pay your taxes!

    • Goodgold

      Uh, it was global warming. Then, when that didn’t hold up, they changed it to climate change – anything to get their liberal agenda and to spread the wealth because WE se too much of the earth’s resources. And of course the emails that discussed how they manipulate data to justify their foregone conclusions.

  • John

    Anthropogenic Global Warming, of course.

  • Hank Warren

    Fake global warming, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):


    2007 Al Gore: “The Planet Has A Fever!” – http://www.M4GW.com


    A YOUTUBE CLASSIC: “THE 12 DAYS OF GLOBAL WARMING” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmPSUMBrJoI

    • Vegas Vic

      About as many that have died from malaria after ‘they’ banned DDT

    • Gary Sprung

      Scientists do predict that some places will get more precip because of global warming. And some places will get less. Overall the warming climate is bad for snow and skiing and thats why ski areas have been saying it’s a serious problem. This week’s great snow does not contradict the theory of global wring.

  • Jim

    bigd55 & niffy… you say that now because the other option has been removed from your global warming arsenal of lies… when the global warning lying started is WAS TO about the planet warming… just like in the 70’s it was Global cooling… to not admit that makes you part of the cover-up, part of the problem….

    you lie, you get caught, you change your tune and change the subject…. my suggestion when your wrong admit it… maybe next time you’ll have learned something and won’t be so caught up in the mob mentality

  • Joe Kropko

    The recent world weather events have the climatologists scratching their heads.This points out to large gaps in their knowledge of the earth’s climate. Before spending trillions on carbon reduction schemes doesn’t it make sense to first make sure we have the science right.

    • Gregory

      Yeah, lets continue to spend trillions on war instead.

    • Gregory

      No. not really, we could’ve reduced our Cardon output a century ago with electric cars. The dutch have been using windmills for centuries, etc. Lets make sure the science is right eventhough the science has been around for centuries and milleniums.

  • Aunt Bee

    Someone call Al Gore and the rest of the global warming degenerates and tell them their Avalanche is calling …………


  • taxfeeder

    Climate change and climate stagnation are equally dangerous. There are basically three possible scenarios:
    1. it gets warmer -> we need your money
    2. no change -> we need your money
    3. it gets colder -> we need your money


    Senator http://www.LIVESHOT.cc to hold hearings on the role SUV’s played in this problem. Says more funding needed for $tudy.

  • Meremortal

    Guess what folks! According to the Warmers, we can just slap a thermostat on the planet and control the temperature at it’s proper level. Whatever level that is…72 during the day, and 50 at night will do nicely, thank you very much.

    • JBnID

      Six billion humans on the good ship earth is the same as six thousand ants on a cruise ship and we have the same control over the thermostat as we do the steering.


    U$A: THIRD WORLD RISING – http://www.BorderInvasionPics.com

  • JBnID

    “We could really see some big avalanches that we haven’t seen in 50, maybe even 100 years if this kind of snow comes in like they say,” Toepher said.”

    “Could” “if”.

    This is NOT a news story. It’s a projection of what could happen if it keeps snowing. Well, DUH!!

  • pynaetlb

    I love every aspect of Nature. Always a great ride.

  • kentex1146

    Algore, Algore…..please help us Algore. Anything, do something, lend us some of your carbon credits……stop with the massages and help us!

  • RealityBroker

    You think the neo-Pagans were ‘off-target’ on global warming? You haven’t seen anything yet.

  • JuanValdez

    Where is Man-Bear-Pig when we need him?

  • Vince

    Wait a minute, wait a minute. Didn’t Al Gore say in his book that place which were once fertile and green would be turning into deserts because of Global Warming?? Didn’t he say that areas that once received abundant amounts of snow would become warm and arid?? Didn’t he say sea levels would rise 20 ft or more in a few years?? So, can we now say that Gore was full of it and that his Nobel Prize was a farce and he should return it and the prize money?

  • diego

    The amount of so called greenhouse gases generated by man is a tiny fraction of what gets “burped” from mother earth.

    The real culprit of changes in the climate is the Sun. Real Scientists have known this all along. The energy or lack of it from the Sun has a much greater impact than the emissions from my car.

    We are overdue for an ICE AGE or some period of cooling.

    No matter what the weather is – there is almost nothing we can do about it but adapt.

    Merry Christmas

    • Sorely Frickey

      “… the Sun has a much greater impact than the emissions from my car.”

      Well, you ain’t got much of a car, Bucko. “Get a Yugo, for real power and monster emissions.” (Algore)

  • lharcnc

    think of how much co2 will be dispersed just to compensate for the chilling weather, to say nothing of all the co2 emitted by conifer trees, probably the greatest pollutant of all. how does that compute algore?

    • JBnID

      Actually conifers eat CO2 and emit Oxygen but Algore probably doesn’t know that, either.

  • Alby

    All of you who haven’t actually read and/or participated in the science, please sit down and shut up. And turn on something other than Fox News.

    • Injun Joe

      I guess that means you???

  • MoKnows


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