Red Mountain Pass
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.