Avalanche danger high; CDOT working on mitigation to make highway travel safer

BERTHOUD PASS, Colo. - Forecasters with Colorado Avalanche Information Center are concerned about wind and snow moving into the state.  The winds can create unstable snow layers. 

Combined with fresh snow, conditions will be ripe for further avalanches, they say.

"Some of the avalanches we are seeing would impress Hollywood," said forecaster Spencer Logan.   "Some of the avalanches we have seen over the last couple of days are very large, which means they could bury and destroy a car or break a building."

CDOT crews will continue to mitigate across the state said spokeswoman Crystal Morgan. 

"We've blasted along Berthoud pass, Loveland Pass, Eisenhower, up in Glenwood Canyon.   This has been the most mitigations that we've seen in over the last 20 years," she said.

The force of the snow is strong this season.  It can pummel trees to the ground and clear out small sections of forest, as was the case when crews went to work near A-Basin.

"Some of the avalanches we have seen over the last couple of days are very large.  Which means they could bury and destroy a car or break a building," said Logan
       
The dangerous conditions will only change with the season.

"It's going to keep our avalanche danger elevated for a while."

CDOT will continue to do mitigation along high-risk areas statewide.