VAIL, Colo. -- Avalanche danger is high across parts of Colorado's high country Thursday, prompting a warning from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
The avalanche warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday due to recent snowfall and high winds that threaten to weaken the snowpack. Officials say that makes both natural and human-caused avalanches more likely.
Areas covered by the avalanche warning include the Front Range mountains, Never Summer mountains, Medicine Bow mountains, the Tenmile range, Gore range and areas around Vail.
Backcountry travel in those areas is not recommended.
AVALANCHE WARNING-Larger human triggered avalanches very likely. If you trigger an avalanche it will break at the ground. Avalanches can run long distances and the debris can pile up in the valley bottoms. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended. https://t.co/TfP7PWuk2j
— CAIC Vail and Summit (@CAICsummit) February 15, 2018
For more information on current conditions, log on to colorado.gov/avalanche.