DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is asking people to use extreme caution when venturing into Colorado’s backcountry over the Christmas holiday. Despite having a below normal snowpack conditions are described as being unusually dangerous around the state. In the last week, 380 avalanches have been reported around the state.
“Since Friday three Coloradans lost their lives in avalanche accidents, and 132 avalanches were reported. One hundred and eight avalanches were triggered by people in the last week” said Ethan Greene, Director, Colorado Avalanche Information Center.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Winter Weather Advisory For The Front Range
Greene says we’re not seeing the landscape-changing events like we saw during March of 2019, but stresses the current snowpack is the weakest we’ve seen since 2012. As more snow falls in the upcoming weeks avalanches could become more dangerous. The current conditions require additional caution.READ MORE: Mauricio Anchondo-Olivas Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Former Roommate
You can get the latest avalanche forecast before heading into the backcountry by clicking here. You can also download the Friends of CAIC’s mobile app.
Steep slopes where the snow supports your weight are dangerous. Avalanches are easy to trigger and they can break wider than you expect. An avalanche can also be triggered from low-angle terrain, below or to the side of a steep slope.MORE NEWS: PHOTOS: Cheesman Park Homes & Governor's Mansion Vandalized With Spray Paint
The CAIC says if you are unsure about the conditions then you should stay on slopes less than 30 degrees steep that aren’t connected to steeper terrain.