In the future, if you are contacted by a member of law enforcement or the Colorado Avalanche Information Center about your backcountry activities, invoke your 5th amendment constitutional right to remain silent and say nothing.

District Attorney is chasing to men who possibly set off an avalanche. District Attorney’s actions will probably kill more people.

What you say may be sued against you in court, as the case with Tyler DeWitt of Silverthorne and Evan Hannibal of Vail. Read the articles listed below to get various facts about what happened. But basically, they were backcountry skiing and set off an avalanche. The debris filled cover a road and took out a remote avalanche triggering device.

“Very large avalanche” buries road near Eisenhower Tunnel

2 men cited for reckless endangerment after triggering avalanche near Eisenhower Tunnel

Because of this, the Summit County District Attorney Charged the two men with Reckless Endangerment. Under Colorado law Reckless Endangerment is:

Colorado Statutes


Article 3. Offenses Against the Person


Current through Chapter 326 of the 2020 Legislative Session

§ 18-3-208. Reckless endangerment

A person who recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person commits reckless endangerment, which is a class 3 misdemeanor.

Cite as C.R.S. § 18-3-208

A class three misdemeanor will not ruin your life, but it will make it miserable. Worse, the DA is asking for restitution for the damage done to clear the road and the avalanche triggering device in the amount of $168,000. How many working skiers and boarders in the backcountry have that amount of money sitting around? That too will assist in their running their lives.

The charges and the restitution will not kill anyone. However, Avalanche reporting and research will come to an end. Who knows what DA will decide they don’t like backcountry skiers and just start thumbing through Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) reports looking for ways to eliminate backcountry skiing and boarding?

This is NOT the fault of the CAIC. As a state agency, they have no way to protect the reports that they receive and must turn them over to any other state agency, including district attorneys.

This is also sad; the backcountry ski community has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for CAIC over the years and had a great relationship with the CAIC. The CAIC is a great organization with awesome people, some who are the best in the world at what they do.

But I’m not going to jail to help!

I keep trying to figure out the motivation for the District Attorney’s actions. The chance of getting any money out of these two men is zero. Does he want to keep people from going out in the backcountry? Probably. No doubt there is going to be a lot of Search & Rescue this winter based on sales of backcountry equipment. However, idiots in the backcountry is not a new thing.

Instead of wasting the time, money, and resources to prosecute these two men, which will not stop idiots in the backcountry, why not try to educate them.

Besides, any expert who is going to get on the stand and say that these two triggered the avalanche is possibly wrong. Even with the men saying on tape, they started the slide; they could still be wrong.

If you would like to contribute money to support Evan Hannibal’s attempt to raise money for an attorney, go here: Facing Criminal Charges in the Backcountry.

Do Something

Contribute to Evan Hannibal’s Go Fund Me: Facing Criminal Charges in the Backcountry.

Contact the Fifth judicial District (Summit County) and let the DA know they are not solving problems but creating more:

Contact Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and tell them to get a bill in the state legislature that would provide immunity for reporting to backcountry skiers:

Contact the Summit Daily News and express your opinion about how stupid and dangerous this is on the part of the District Attorney:

Contact the Denver Post and do the same:

Show up at the criminal hearings and support these two men. Be respectful of the court, the judge and court personnel have nothing to do with this mess. It was handed to them by the District Attorney. Be considerate, respectful, quiet, turn off your phones and sit quietly, but be there.

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American Avalanche Association AVPRO course February 25 – March 4 Summit County Colorado

The American Avalanche Association is pleased to announce this year’s AVPRO course location and dates. This season AVPRO will be returning to Summit County, Colorado, February 25 – March 4, 2015. Summit County holds a rich history within the avalanche industry. Students will learn from several of the top avalanche professionals in the region in one of the most interesting snow climates in the nation. Details can be found at

Who should attend AVPRO? AVPRO is intended for all disciplines of avalanche professionals with a solid background in avalanche fundamentals, companion rescue, and basic snow assessment. The course will continue to build on this foundation of snow science with an emphasis on high level of companion and organized avalanche rescue, accurate and advanced snow stability assessment, and avalanche control programs and procedures. Other common questions and answers can be found at or by contacting the AVPRO coordinator, Dallas Glass.

Join us this season for what will be an exciting time of learning and networking as avalanche professionals.

Dallas Glass

AVPRO Coordinator – Education Committee

American Avalanche Association


Volunteer! Adopt-A-Trail: Straight Creek, Summit County this Sunday

headerWe need you on Straight Creek TrailAdopt-A-Trail this Sunday, 9-3!

The Greenlands Reserve Land Trust and The Forest Health Task Force invites you to join them on Sunday, June 24th to help construct erosion control structures in the Straight Creek Watershed. All ability levels are welcome.

Volunteers should meet at the Straight Creek trailhead in Dillon (at the end of County Rd 51) at 9 AM and should dress for a day outdoors – bring lunch, water, work gloves, layered clothing including long pants, long sleeved shirt, sturdy boots, sunglasses, sun hat, sunscreen, rain gear, insect repellent, and lots of enthusiasm! Project will end by 3 PM or earlier.

Please RSVP at sslaton), or Marge at 970-468-4887970-468-4887 (schweri_mm).

This effort is part of Friends of the Dillon Ranger District’s (FDRD) Forest Stewards Program. Mark your calendars for future Adopt-A-Trail volunteer opportunities with The Greenlands Reserve: July 15, Aug. 5, and Aug. 19.

2009 Forest Health Task Force Straight Creek Volunteer Crew