Colorado sees record avalanche activity

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Colorado sees record avalanche activity

Intense snowfall on weak snowpack triggers hundreds of slides
Rock Gulch near Stony Pass hasn’t run since the 1940s, according to longtime Silverton residents. But a recent slide came within nearly 600 feet of the structure pictured here, the Buffalo Boy Tram Tower.
Luckily for Silverton residents, when the road to the north is closed, the road south to Durango is usually open. The Colorado Department of Transportation prioritizes reopening Coal Bank and Molas passes so people in Silverton can access services.
In the first 10 days of March, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center recorded more than 500 avalanches in the state of Colorado – and that’s just slides that the center witnessed firsthand or ones people report and the center confirms.
The sign for Little Molas Lake is almost buried by snow Tuesday along U.S. Highway 550.
A Colorado Department of Transportation front-end loader clears snow off U.S. Highway 550 near Lime Creek on Tuesday.

Colorado sees record avalanche activity

Rock Gulch near Stony Pass hasn’t run since the 1940s, according to longtime Silverton residents. But a recent slide came within nearly 600 feet of the structure pictured here, the Buffalo Boy Tram Tower.
Luckily for Silverton residents, when the road to the north is closed, the road south to Durango is usually open. The Colorado Department of Transportation prioritizes reopening Coal Bank and Molas passes so people in Silverton can access services.
In the first 10 days of March, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center recorded more than 500 avalanches in the state of Colorado – and that’s just slides that the center witnessed firsthand or ones people report and the center confirms.
The sign for Little Molas Lake is almost buried by snow Tuesday along U.S. Highway 550.
A Colorado Department of Transportation front-end loader clears snow off U.S. Highway 550 near Lime Creek on Tuesday.

Colorado sees record avalanche activity

Colorado sees record avalanche activity

Avalanches are coming down all over the state of Colorado. Recent avalanche mitigation work on Red Mountain Pass released more snow than expected, closing U.S. Highway 550 indefinitely.

Colorado sees record avalanche activity

Colorado Department of Transportation crews clear snow from Red Mountain Pass between Silverton and Ouray. It’s estimated that the road is buried in 60 feet of snow.

Colorado sees record avalanche activity

A Colorado Department of Transportation front-end loader clears snow off U.S. Highway 550 near Lime Creek on Tuesday.
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