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Avalanche instructor Cody Perry estimates the crown of this naturally occurring North Routt avalanche at about 5 feet and the vertical drop that it ran at about 700 feet. The image was made Sunday and Perry suspects the slide broke and ran sometime in an avalanche cycle that began Jan. 17.

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Wind slabs load up tender snowpack, trigger natural avalanches near Steamboat Lake, Flat Tops

“The Flat Tops avalanches were much larger than those north of Steamboat Lake. It’s a very dangerous place when the snow is as unstable as it was leading up to this cycle.”

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