Skiers and snowboarders beware of early season avalanches

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on November 22, 2009 8:42 pm

You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again.  Avalanches don’t just happen in the middle or end of the ski season.  In the state of Colorado, there have been avalanche fatalities in every month of the year.  You can have an avalanche when it looks like there is bare ground with a  little bit of snow. 

In fact, fresh snow on top of grass in the early season is ideal for slides.  As the weight of the snow grows and flattens the grass below, it creates a slick, hard surface.  Colorado and Utah have had avalanches this season already. 

You simply cannot be too careful out there – it is just that simple.  Avalanches happen and they rear their ugly head when you are taking them for granted or our unsuspecting.  Have fun and the chances of an inbounds slide at a ski resort is remote, but be prepared!

Here is The Ski Channel list of super Avalanche prone areas in the US.