Avalanche

APR Local News
6:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Spring Avalanche Season Begins

Credit Photo by Dale Atkins/RECCO

This is the time of year when backcountry skiing CAN get less risky. After dire avalanche warnings throughout the winter season, spring turns are often safer. But that’s not always a guarantee.

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Skiing & Snowboarding
6:07 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Avalanche Forecasters Hoping to Expand Outreach

Credit Photo by Dale Atkins/RECCO

It’s been a big avalanche season this winter, with some of the most powerful Colorado slides experts have seen. Now, the state’s hub for avalanche forecasting is hoping to add ways to help people avoid getting caught in avalanche accidents. The non-profit  Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is aiming to raise a hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. To find out exactly what that money would go towards, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Ethan Greene, Executive Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. 

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Mountain Edition
3:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Mountain Edition - February 20th, 2014

The Thompson Divide prompted conflicting statements by environmental groups and Garfield County this week. Avalanche danger has been sketchy lately because of certain unusual factors.  And if a snow slide happens inside a ski area, turns out the resort isn’t to blame. A Basalt advisor wins an award for her work with female investors. We say goodbye to a member of the Aspen Public Radio family, lost too soon.  And, we’ll wrap up our coverage of Aspen area athletes going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Skiing & Snowboarding
3:11 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Court: Avalanches In Ski Areas OK

Christopher Norris, left, and his wife Salynda Fleury. Norris died after being caught in an avalanche inbounds at Winter Park Resort in 2012.
CBS

There’s a lot of concern over avalanche danger in Colorado’s backcountry right now. That includes the Aspen area. But skiers and boarders also have to keep this in mind: avalanches can occur inside ski areas… and if they do, the resort isn’t necessarily at fault. That’s a new ruling by the Colorado Appeals Court. 

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APR Local News
10:24 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Fatal Avalanche Big Enough to Destroy a House

A group of 7 skiers triggered an avalanche on the Twin Lakes side of Independence Pass Saturday. Two people were killed in the slide.
Credit Colorado Avalanche Information Center

A combination of record snow, wind and warming temperatures created a disaster in the backcountry over the weekend. An avalanche on the east-side of Independence Pass Saturday killed two skiers Saturday. And, the state’s avalanche center says it hasn’t seen such large, destructive avalanches in 20 years. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with John Snook, a forecaster at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

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