In the aftermath of avalanches, digging out will take time

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In the aftermath of avalanches, digging out will take time

Heavy snowpack could affect summer recreation near Silverton
Unprecedented wintertime avalanche activity is expected to affect the San Juan Mountains for weeks. County Road 2, north of Silverton, is buried under 80 to 120 feet of snow.

In the aftermath of avalanches, digging out will take time

Unprecedented wintertime avalanche activity is expected to affect the San Juan Mountains for weeks. County Road 2, north of Silverton, is buried under 80 to 120 feet of snow.

In the aftermath of avalanches, digging out will take time

With heavy snowfall and high avalanche activity this winter, officials in Silverton are concerned that summer tourism that draws ATV riders, hikers and mountain bikers might be delayed.

In the aftermath of avalanches, digging out will take time

Willy Tookey, San Juan County administrator, said crews are hard at work cleaning up after a winter filled with avalanches.

In the aftermath of avalanches, digging out will take time

San Juan County officials say a recently discovered avalanche buried the road to Animas Forks in up to 120 feet of snow. It’s likely the route won’t open until July, officials said.

In the aftermath of avalanches, digging out will take time

A 9-by-6-foot boulder came down an avalanche path this winter and now rests along the Boulder Gulch trail.
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