Slides expected in backcountry |

Slides expected in backcountry

SUMMIT COUNTY – Fresh snow and strong gusty winds in the mountains of Summit County have upped the avalanche danger, which is now rated as considerable to high on all aspects and at all elevations.Both triggered and natural avalanches can be expected in the High Country, forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said in their update Tuesday afternoon.”The snowpack is tender, period,” said Scott Toepfer, outlining the relentless winds that have loaded snow into lee starting zones, and predicting the likelihood of triggered avalanches. Winds shifted back to the southwest Monday, so avalanche starting zones on northwest to northeast aspects are also loaded, Toepfer explained. With copious snow and continued winds, avalanche paths have also been loaded farther down the slope than backcountry travelers may normally expect.Check in before you go• Call the Summit County avalanche hotline at (970) 668-0600 for daily updates, or check the CAIC website at for snow condition information.

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