Colorado has had some big storms in recent weeks and with big storms have come big avalanches.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Centre has declared four backcountry zones at an Extreme level (5 of 5). This is the first time that four have simultaneously been extreme since the ten zone forecast format began for the region.
The Centre revealed on their Facebook page today that “Historic avalanches are running. Do not travel in or near avalanche terrain.
Avalanche Warnings are in place for the Front Range, Steamboat and Flat Tops, Vail and Summit County, Sawatch, Aspen, Gunnison, Grand Mesa, and San Juan Mountains.”
So now you know, don’t go.
I-70 closed both sides of Vail Pass
The main access freeway, the I-70, to the Colorado ski resorts is currently closed due to avalanches as reported by The Vail Daily.
“Ironically, a tow truck was caught in that first slide in The Narrows on Vail Pass and had to be pulled out by another tow truck, CDOT reported. No one was injured.”
A Basin closes due to extreme avalanche danger
Arapahoe Basin has also closed today due to the extreme conditions with the following warning.