“It is taking little additional stress to trigger large, deep and dangerous avalanches,” reports Scott Toepfer of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
High wind speeds Wednesday night increased the likelihood that the heavy snowfall was being condensed into wind slabs on aspects facing north, east and south.
From a wintertime snow shortage to a summertime drought and extended wildfire season, 2012 served as a constant reminder of how much Northwest Colorado depends on water.
A report from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center indicates the slide was triggered when a skier made a kick turn followed by a sudden collapse of the snowpack.
The largest slide was estimated to be 300 meters wide and took place on a slope averaging 32 degrees in steepness. The avalanche danger is “considerable” at all elevations and aspects
The Nelson/George ranch straddles Colorado Highway 131 south of Yampa with views of Eagle Rock, the Flat Tops, King Mountain and Green Ridge Mountain.
Fish Creek Canyon was supposed to be a safe place to pass through Steamboat Ski Area's gates and find untouched powder. Any slope can slide; however, and a February avalanche in the canyon highlights why skiers always should be aware.
Ski area officials announced Tuesday afternoon that the Storm Peak Express chairlift will open Thursday providing access to all or parts of Buddy’s Run, Storm Peak Face, Cyclone, Meadow Lane and Calf Roper.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart said firefighters were on-site Tuesday monitoring the burn and will return Wednesday.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue placed all of its firefighting resources on the blaze that they quickly knocked down before it could jump a gravel road and threaten nearby homes.
Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit officials warn that two wildfires in Routt County this week highlight the persistent dry conditions that have kept the area’s fire risk unusually high for this time of year.
Children 8 weeks to 10 years old can take part in the service while their parents or caregivers use the Old Town Hot Springs facility for workouts.
A wildfire between Yampa and Phippsburg temporarily closed Colorado Highway 131 on Tuesday afternoon.
Cattlemen's Land Trust Executive Director Chris West said the recent marriage of staffer Megan Manner to South Routt rancher Tyler Knott was a contributing factor in the decision to open an office here.
Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said firefighters still were working Monday morning near Routt County Road 46 to put out some hot spots around the blaze.