Avalanche season continues with slides reported Saturday and Monday

3 riders caught in Saturday avalanche

DENVER - Colorado's avalanche season isn't quite over yet. Along with the weekend's wintry weather, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported two confirmed snow slides.

Saturday's slide was triggered as three riders were on Mount Stanley, the CAIC field report states. One of the riders was descending from the summit when a storm slab approximately 3-feet deep failed. That rider was carried about 800 feet and two others were also swept up for a shorter distance as they tried to keep sight of their companion.

The rider who caused the slide was partially buried, but able rescue himself. The other two came to rest on top of the snow.

"The path itself ran around 2,400 vertical feet before coming to a rest around 20 yards before hitting the road," the report states.

The second reported avalanche was a significantly lesser event on the west side of Berthoud Pass on Monday. In that report, the observer reported soft slabs of 1-2 feet above the tree line and sluffing in areas with steep terrain.

In that report, the observer also wrote that potential exists "to produce more slides like the one in (Mount) Stanley on (Saturday)."

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