Wave of Storms
(Last Updated On: December 20, 2008)
NOAA reported that the Colorado mountains is about to enter a “wave of storms”…. as if we haven’t already been in a wave of storms already! The first storm started last Friday and the snow has not stopped! There is snow in the forecast everyday for the next week!
Digging out my car on a daily basis has become a chore, but one that I enjoy. I love the snow. I even love the hassles it brings.
These storms have not come quietly, though. Most of them have come with excessive amounts of winds. White-outs have not been uncommon. Here is a view of one as seen from our window.
Can you see the person trying to brave the storm?
Here is a picture from our window where it is not a white-out for reference. Here, it’s just snowing.
All of this storm activity has led to high avalanche danger in the backcountry. There have been many natural slides and mother nature is simply taking her course. Unfortunately, a Crested Butte local, Mike Bowen, headed out for the Climax chutes on his own on Wednesday and has not been seen since. The most current info can be found at the Crested Butte News website. While we all mourn the loss of fellow skiers, we must also remember that backcountry skiing is not always appropriate. When avy danger is high or when avalanche warnings are in effect, backcountry travel is simply not recommended. Even sticking to low angle terrain in the CB backcountry can be difficult because usually you have to pass through areas where natural slides could start above you in order to access the low angle terrain. So, please remember, be safe in he backcountry! When the storms end, there will be plenty of snow for all of us to enjoy!
Brittany Walker Konsella
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