A Colorado avalanche has killed two skiers just recently, but studies show January and February are the deadliest months for having fun in the snow. Worse, Colorado is also known for the most fatalities.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a snowboarder died during a Wyoming avalanche.
The recently triggered Colorado avalanche was said to be caused by seven skiers. Because of the beacons the skiers worse rescue crews were able to dig five of them out in time although three were hospitalized with multiple injuries.
Susan Matthews, a spokeswoman for the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, had some advice for preparing for a potential Colorado avalanche:
“We’ve had a much larger than average snowfall for this time of year. My advice would be that anyone who does want to do backcountry skiing be totally prepared. Taking an avalanche education course would be really, really helpful. Being fully prepared with proper equipment, proper clothing, food, water and beacons.”
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center provides some grim statistics about how deadly this season of fun and play in the snow can potentially be. Since 1950, Colorado has suffered 259 avalanche fatalities while second place Alaska is only 141. When they are organized by months, it seems that January, February, and March are the deadliest by far, with December perhaps surprisingly producing almost half as many deaths across the entire nation.
So what’s the best way to avoid Colorado’s avalanche problem? Other experts repeat Matthews’ warning, saying, “Taking avalanche classes doesn’t give you the experience, but it gives you a framework to gain experience.” They also say that watching the snow and weather conditions as you ski is crucial since a “morning avalanche report, if it’s snowing that day, can be completely irrelevant by the afternoon.” Skiers also need to be aware of their surroundings and look for signs of instability.