Photos: Seeing Frisco’s new avalanche chute from a backcountry skier’s eye-view
First seen on the morning of March 7, a path once filled with old-growth lodgepole pine trees was cleared completely by an avalanche below Peak One in the Tenmile Range. The path of destruction displayed the power of avalanches, even on a sub-20-degree-angle slope. A few days later, several local skiers, who skied the slope from top to bottom, had named it “Black Thursday Chute,” in honor of the historic day on March 7 where all zones in the state were rated as extreme, or black, by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
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