ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4) — Video posted by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) shows a skier-triggered slide near Independence Pass outside Aspen this week.

(credit: Colorado Avalanche Information Center)

The skier carefully navigates their way down the steep slope above tree line. Then you see where they trigger a small avalanche.

The skier got lucky and wasn’t hurt.

Avalanche experts say there’s just enough weak snow that’s been covered up by new, wind-drifted snow, and that under-layer is what can easily slip right now.

Remember to bring a partner, all your avalanche equipment, make a plan, and check conditions before heading into the backcountry this year.



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