Here’s why it’s a scary season for avalanches in Colorado

A trainer in an avalanche class digs a hole for an exercise.

The recent high-country snowstorms in Colorado have mostly been good news for those skiing in the state.

But the storms have a downside when it comes to backcountry skiing, because it has ramped up the possibility of avalanches. And the season has already proved fatal, with four deaths caused by avalanches in the state.

As the Greeley Tribune reports: “All that snow comes with a price: Many say a rotten, fragile snowpack — the kind shaped by months of dry, cold weather before winter decided to wake up in mid-January — continues to create the worst avalanche hazard in years.”

Read the entire story to understand what you can do to stay safe.

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