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ExploreSteamboat.com Editor Nicole Inglis skis Thursday near Pony Express at Steamboat Ski Area. The avalanche danger in the Steamboat backcountry was rated as high Thursday and an avalanche warning is in effect through 8 a.m. Friday.

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Avalanche warning in effect for mountains near Steamboat Springs

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.

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