With over 4 feet of snow over the past week in most of the Colorado mountains, and almost 8 feet in Crested Butte, the conditions are unreal but the Avalanche danger is no joke! Tuesday afternoon Arapahoe Basin had to shut down early to evacuate their employees and guests after multiple Avalanches occurred on Loveland Pass. The resort was not able to reopen until Wednesday afternoon after the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) finished their Avalanche Control work. People were waiting in their cars at the bottom of the pass near Keystone on Wednesday, in hopes of the resort opening for a serious pow day. They were rewarded with some incredible snow, when the resort opened for the last 3 hours of their normal operating hours.
There were over 8 avalanches reported on Loveland Pass alone on Wednesday, which has remained closed from just past A Basin to the Loveland Ski Resort. The entire state saw over 30 avalanches on Wednesday, with 20 of those occurring along US 550 in Southwest Colorado. Tuesday saw over 19 avalanches across the state including multiple that covered I70 and caused lengthy closures while CDOT dealt with the snow removal of over 10 feet of snow across the highway. One avalanche occurred near Vail very early in the morning burring a semi, and another one occurred near Silverthorne which was almost cleaned up when another avalanche occurred East of the tunnel, keeping I70 closed even longer.
With all this snow the conditions are unreal, but stay in bounds at the resorts until the avalanche danger calms down. Don't think you can out smart mother nature, because she is entirely too unpredictable right now. This week nine people have been caught in avalanches in Colorado, injuring two people and luckily zero fatalities. Seriously don't risk it unless you are an avalanche expert and have all the necessary equipment and knowledge.
To stay up to date on the current avalanche conditions in Colorado, check out the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) here: http://avalanche.state.co.us/#