Colorado is slide central | AspenTimes.com

Colorado is slide central

Steve Benson

All right, let’s just hold our horses for a second, we don’t want anyone to die. Sizable avalanches were reported just about everywhere in Colorado in the past two days, including three in the Aspen area. Two were observed south of Highlands on east and southeast aspects; another was triggered by four skiers late in the afternoon on a northwest aspect on the backside of Aspen Mountain. Near Loveland Pass, which seems to be a moron Mecca – mainly due to the fact it’s like an avalanche lightning rod and many don’t adhere to its warnings – three skiers and a snowboarder triggered a slide on Sunday. Two were caught, but escaped injury. The 10-Mile and Gore ranges were hubs of avy activity as several large naturals were reported. Also, a triggered slide injured a person on St. Mary’s Glacier. There were no details as to the extent of the injury. A skier triggered a slide on a steep roll in the southern mountains and was caught and slightly buried. And near Minnehaha, one skier triggered a 3-foot-deep slide, while another barely avoided a natural that broke loose 1,500 feet above. Earlier this winter, two skiers narrowly averted death when they triggered a slide in an inbounds, but permanently closed area of Snowmass Mountain. In other words: Unless you really know what you’re doing, stick to the inbounds areas. The base is as fat and soft as an opera singer. Just one thing, though, don’t go to Trainor’s today. There are reports of manic bats ripping the flesh from unsuspecting travelers along the traverse. Wait … it’s entirely possible that’s not true, and I’ve just been thinking about Hunter S. Thompson way too much today.


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