Red Mountain Pass
A bitter cold snap dropped temperatures to near 30 degrees below zero in northwestern Colorado on Thursday, while the rest of the state struggled with freezing weather, ice and snow.
When summer monsoons bring thunderstorms to Southwest Colorado, lightning bolts can come fast and furious.
The death of a 23-year-old Durango man Feb. 2 in an avalanche near Silverton drives home how deceptively treacherous snow conditions can bury skiers, hikers or snowboarders in an instant.
A backcountry skier was buried in about 5 feet of snow and died in an avalanche on Saturday near Silverton.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the danger of snow slides continues to be high in western Colorado.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche warning for southern Colorado after some mountain passes got up to 18 inches of snow.
Just off U.S. Highway 550, seven miles north of Silverton, close to where blowing snow curls off the oxygen-starved peaks of the San Juan Mountains, sits an instrument of war once used to target enemy combatants.