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Amazing snow totals for Colorado ski resorts means high avalanche danger

Human triggered avalanches likely on Friday
Posted: 3:45 PM, Feb 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-15 22:57:38Z
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DENVER -- An Avalanche Warning is currently in effect from Aspen and Telluride to Durango in southwest Colorado.

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Multiple pacific storms will be dumping several feet of snow in the mountains for Colorado. This is great news for skiers and boarders — but the risk of a human-triggered avalanche is extremely high.

The avalanche danger this year has been consistently moderate to considerable for our northern and central mountains. More people in 2018-2019 have been involved in avalanches than ever before, according to records. Thirty-two people were caught in avalanches in January 2019 (nearly 3 times more people than in previous Januaries).

For more information on avalanches and how they could affect you in case you want to make a trip to the mountains soon, check out Know Before You Go (KBYG). The free avalanche awareness program helps you better understand (and see) the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches.

The KBYG program was created for middle and high school students and can be presented in a 50-minute school assembly or class period. The high energy video and slide show, along with the Q&A chat with a local avalanche professional promises to keep viewers engaged throughout.

Viewers will see the destructive power of avalanches, how people get in trouble, and the basics of how to avoid them, all through the eyes of avalanche professionals, pro athletes, accident victims and rescuers, and their peers.

For more information on the KBYG program, you can visit kbyg.org .