Avalanche Mitigation

Avalanche blasting on Independence Pass (credit: CBS)

Bombs Tossed From Helicopter Help Clear Snow On Independence Pass

Crews are working to try to get Independence Pass open by Memorial Day. On Thursday they dropped bombs on unstable slabs of snow for avalanche mitigation.

05/14/2015

Wolf Creek Ski Area (credit: Wolf Creek Ski Area)

Wolf Creek Gets More Than 4 Feet Of Snow From Storm

Snowfall from the latest storm to hit Colorado’s mountains has already surpassed 4 feet around Wolf Creek Pass.

03/03/2015

Red Mountain Pass (credit: Dan Bender of the La Plata County Sheriff's Office )

Highway 550 On Red Mountain Pass Remains Closed For Avalanche Mitigation

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced that Highway 550 on Red Mountain Pass will remain closed for avalanche mitigation following a slide on Sunday night.

03/02/2015

"Avalauncher" (credit: CBS)

Crews Better Suited For ‘Avalauncher’ After Last Year’s Accident

Crews working on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s avalanche mitigation team are preparing to ramp up their workload as more snow falls in Colorado’s mountains.

12/17/2014

Loveland Pass on Sunday (credit: CBS)

Loveland Pass May Reopen Thursday After 4 Days Of Closure

Loveland Pass may reopen on Thursday after being closed since Sunday. A combination of strong winds and blowing snow created dangerous driving conditions.

04/30/2014

An "Avalauncher" (credit: CBS)

Cause Of Explosion During Avalanche Mitigation Still Under Investigation

The Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety says no cause has been determined for the premature explosion of an avalanche shell that injured two state workers on Monday.

04/02/2014

An "Avalauncher" (credit: CBS)

ATF Takes Over Colorado Avalanche Blast Probe

Federal investigators are trying to determine why an avalanche shell exploded Monday while state workers were trying to fire a round up a hillside to clear chasms filled with snow near Interstate-70.

04/01/2014

An "Avalauncher" (credit: CBS)

CDOT Explosion That Injured 2 May Have Been Caused By Faulty Device

The explosion that injured two state workers during avalanche mitigation may have been caused by a problem with the device used for mitigation.

03/31/2014

An image from Loveland Pass Monday morning (credit: CBS)

2 State Workers Injured In Explosion During Avalanche Mitigation

Two state employees were injured Monday morning after an explosive used in avalanche mitigation detonated prematurely.

03/31/2014

(credit; CBS)

U.S. 40 Over Berthoud Pass Back Open After Avalanche Buried Cars

An avalanche closed U.S. 40 in both directions over Berthoud Pass and buried cars in the slide Friday afternoon. It has since been reopened.

03/07/2014

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