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Colorado Snowpack is Extremely Dangerous and getting Worse

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FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE |Large & Dangerous
We Have a Deep Problem
After a dry start to the winter, the snowpack in the Colorado mountains is rapidly increasing. The increase in snow over the last few weeks is building a thick slab on top of a weak foundation. This weak layer of snow that sits near the ground has been producing avalanches for most of the winter. With a thicker slab, the avalanches are now much larger. Avalanches are breaking at the ground and are hundreds, sometimes more than a thousand, feet wide. If you get caught, it will be hard to survive.

These are very large Persistent and Deep Persistent Slab avalanches. These types of avalanches are especially dangerous as you may not see the usual signs of unstable snow that you rely on: shooting cracks, rumbling collapses or recent avalanches. The only way to stay safe from these avalanches is to avoid terrain over 30 degrees in the areas that can produce these types of destructive avalanches. The snowpack this winter is unlike the past few winters. The steep slope that you rode safely last season or last month, may now be dangerous.

This is an important time to take a step back and carefully consider the terrain you want to ride. These conditions could last for the rest of the winter. Many of the big avalanche paths that you see in Colorado were formed during avalanche years like this one. Watch the video below and share with your friends. Always get the forecast before you head into the backcountry.

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CAIC Benefit Bash raised over $100K, save the date for 2018 December 1, 2018

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DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE |What a Bash!
Decade Deep : A Recap
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The 10th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash raised $118,640.99 for avalanche forecasting and education in Colorado!

What a Bash. This event would not have been possible without the 125 incredibly generous sponsors, 70 hard working volunteers, 6 breweries that donated delicious beer, and the Summit County restaurant community that fed all1,200 of us. We are especially thankful for all of you that joined us and helped us break our fundraising record once again. To view photos from the party, click here for our Facebook photo album. Photos provided by the talented Rebecca Wissman.

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11th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash
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Friends of CAIC Launch Version 2 of the CAIC Mobile App!

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We are proud to announce that we have launched version 2 of our mobile app for both Android and Apple devices. We could not have done this without our partnership with The North Face.The mobile app project aligns directly with our effort to make the avalanche forecasts easily accessible across a variety of platforms. Version 2 of the mobile app optimizes the daily zone avalanche forecasts for all 10 zones across Colorado. Our focus for version 2 was an updated user interface that provided a cleaner path to the avalanche forecast, danger ratings, and zone weather tables.

Our partnership with The North Face merges technology with a common goal to provide avalanche information to our incredible community of backcountry users. We are excited to continually update the app to provide additional resources and tools.

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Over the past year the Friends of CAIC and CAIC have made great strides in building the best avalanche center possible.

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Backcountry Avalanche Forecast
Front Range

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Summary

We continue to receive reports of avalanches breaking into old, weak snow. Combine this with widespread shooting cracks and large thunderous collapses, and we have plenty of good evidence that dangerous avalanche conditions exist on north and east-facing slopes at higher elevations. The most suspect slopes now have freshly form wind-drifted slabs from the 1 to 4 inches of new snowfall, stacked on top of older early season snow. The slopes with the best coverage are also the slopes where you’re most likely to trigger an avalanche. You can trigger avalanches from a distance and from below, so give this terrain a wide buffer to address the unpredictability.

we now have slabs 1 to 2 feet thick on east-facing slopes, and you might be able to trigger an avalanches in just the freshly drifted snow even in areas that don’t harbor more deeply buried weak layers. Drum-like or hollow sounds underfoot are signs of this problem. You can reduce your risk by avoiding slopes where you observe active wind loading.

Persistent Slab

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What You Need to Know About These Avalanches Persistent Slab avalanches can be triggered days to weeks after the last storm. They often propagate across and beyond terrain features that would otherwise confine Wind and Storm Slab avalanches. In some cases they can be triggered remotely, from low-angle terrain or adjacent slopes. Give yourself a wide safety buffer to address the uncertainty.

Wind Slab

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What You Need to Know About These Avalanches Wind Slab avalanches release naturally during wind events and can be triggered for up to a week after a wind event. They form in lee and cross-loaded terrain features. Avoid them by sticking to wind sheltered or wind scoured areas.

Weather Forecast for 11,000ft

Issued Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 6:33 AM by Brian Lazar

Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (ºF) 35 to 40 25 to 30 40 to 45
Wind Speed (mph) 15 to 25 15 to 25 15-25 G50
Wind Direction WNW WNW WNW
Sky Cover Mostly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 to 1 0 0

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AUGUST 2017 ISSUE |Winter is coming…
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Winter is coming and our 2017-2018 season is going to be big. See below for exciting updates, upcoming events and more.
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Bentgate’s Ski Season Kickoff Party

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Join us on Saturday, December 3, at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge and support the CAIC in their continued efforts in avalanche forecasting and education throughout Colorado. We hope you can join us! Tickets are on sale now! Get yours today.

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It’s That Time of Year: CAIC Backcountry Weather Forecasting has started, Send in some money & Get on the list

 

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Backcountry Weather Forecast
Issued Friday, November 4, 2016 at 5:13 AM

by Scott Toepfer

 

 

 Weather Discussion

A closed low-pressure system currently camped out over far southern Arizona is spinning some cloud into southern Colorado. Radar indicates a few isolated showers, but nothing serious. Precipitation associated with the low is still moving northward out of New Mexico and Arizona and should arrive over the San Juan Mountains about mid-day Friday. Snowfall potential has decreased the last few model runs. Wind speeds are remarkably light and are not coming from a favorable direction to aid mountain induced snowfall (orographics). Temperature trends have been bumping warmer a little from run to run as well.

A potent dome of high-pressure covers much of the rest of the United States. The main winter storm track is riding up into Canada and over this high-pressure dome and it then drops southeast into New England. The closed low over the desert southwest has some trouble kicking east of a line running north from the Texas panhandle to the Colorado/Kansas line.  At this time it looks to wobble around the Colorado area into early next week. It’s a rather odd pattern so it’s probably a good idea to let the models resolve what this storm wants to do past the weekend time frame before speculating any further.

 

 

Steamboat & Flat Tops at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

41 to 46

32 to 37

42 to 47

Wind Speed (mph)

0 to 10

3 to 13

2 to 12

Wind Direction

WSW

ESE

E

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy

Snow (in)

0

0

0

Front Range at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

40 to 45

31 to 36

36 to 41

Wind Speed (mph)

2 to 12

1 to 11

2 to 12

Wind Direction

SSE

ESE

E

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy

Snow (in)

0

0 to 2

0 to 2

Vail & Summit County at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

40 to 45

30 to 35

37 to 42

Wind Speed (mph)

2 to 12

2 to 12

2 to 12

Wind Direction

SSE

SE

SE

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy

Snow (in)

0

0 to 1 E

0 to 1

Sawatch Range at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

41 to 46

29 to 34

37 to 42

Wind Speed (mph)

1 to 11

3 to 13

1 to 11

Wind Direction

E

E

E

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy

Snow (in)

0 to 1

0 to 2 E

0 to 1 E

Aspen at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

39 to 44

28 to 33

36 to 41

Wind Speed (mph)

2 to 12

2 to 12

2 to 12

Wind Direction

SE

ESE

SE

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Overcast

Snow (in)

0

0

0 to 1 E

Gunnison at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

40 to 45

28 to 33

37 to 42

Wind Speed (mph)

3 to 13

3 to 13

3 to 13

Wind Direction

SE

SE

SE

Sky Cover

Increasing

Overcast

Overcast

Snow (in)

0

0

0 to 1

Grand Mesa at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

43 to 48

33 to 38

40 to 45

Wind Speed (mph)

1 to 11

1 to 11

0 to 10

Wind Direction

SE

SE

SE

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy

Snow (in)

0

0

0

Northern San Juan at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

38 to 43

27 to 32

32 to 37

Wind Speed (mph)

5 to 15

5 to 15

5 to 15

Wind Direction

SE

SE

SSE

Sky Cover

Mostly Cloudy

Overcast

Overcast

Snow (in)

0 to 2

Tr to 3

1 to 3

Southern San Juan at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

40 to 45

29 to 34

35 to 40

Wind Speed (mph)

1 to 11

2 to 12

3 to 13

Wind Direction

NNE

NE

S

Sky Cover

Overcast

Overcast

Overcast

Snow (in)

Tr to 2

Tr to 2

Tr to 2

Sangre de Cristo at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

37 to 42

28 to 33

35 to 40

Wind Speed (mph)

2 to 12

1 to 11

3 to 13

Wind Direction

SSE

S

S

Sky Cover

Overcast

Mostly Cloudy

Overcast

Snow (in)

0

0 to 1

Tr to 2

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