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Avalanche danger increases

BRECKENRIDGE – Avalanche control work at the Breckenridge Ski Resort produced three large and deep hard-slab avalanches Saturday, and observers are reporting collapsing and shooting cracks in steep slopes throughout the High Country.According to Dale Atkins of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, snow conditions are “remarkably similar” throughout the mountains. Snow pits are revealing sugar-like snow that usually indicates much stored energy capable of producing large and deep avalanches.”Triggered releases by backcountry travelers remain a serious threat in the backcountry,” Atkins said.Monday’s weather will be mostly cloudy with scattered, light snow showers expected to bring a trace to an inch of snow. High temperatures will range from 12 to 22.A weather system is also expected to reach Colorado late Monday, and another bringing some light snow to the High Country on Wednesday.The backcountry avalanche danger for most mountain areas:- Near and above treeline, moderate with pockets of considerable, especially on slopes facing northwest, north and southeast-facing slopes, in cross-drifted slopes and gullies;- Below treeline the danger is low with pockets of moderate. Triggered releases by backcountry travelers are possible to even probable, especially on the steeper and recently wind-drifted slopes and gullies.

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