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Backcountry enthusiasts warned of avalanche danger after recent snow storms


FRISCO, Colorado — Avalanche forecasters are cautioning backcountry enthusiasts after a series of recent storms and with more snow expected over the weekend.

Ethan Greene, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, tells The Summit Daily ( ) "there's plenty of risk out there right now" because most slides happen during and right after snowstorms.

The center has raised its danger level to considerable — a three on its five-tiered scale — for terrain near or above timberline. That means in those areas, natural avalanches are possible and human-triggered slides are likely.

The center also is reminding backcountry travelers that most fatal accidents happen when the danger level is between two and three, and the size of a slide does not necessarily correlate to the danger.

Information from: Summit Daily News,

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