Avalanche danger high in Colorado mountains after heavy snow


Brandon Ciullo took a video of what he saw from his auto on Interstate 70 in Ten Mile Canyon, between Frisco and Copper Mountain, early Sunday morning.

Weather in the area meant that the DOT couldn't see the tops of the mountains in Ten Mile Canyon where snow was building up, Ford said. He tells KDVR-TV he and his dad saw a "big white cloud" and noticed the avalanche.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) says that while the avalanche got close to I-70, there was not enough snow on the road to impact travel. He posted the video to Facebook.

Yesterday, an avalanche dumped snow across a section of Interstate 70, covering some vehicles in snow.

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Colorado's Avalanche Information Center recorded 807 avalanches in February, 444 of which were triggered naturally. "It's exciting, but pretty nerve wracking, because you don't know when it's going to stop". However, according to Hubbard, the bulk of the snow never reached the road in the first avalanche.

Crews on Monday recovered the body of a missing backcountry skier who apparently died in an avalanche in southwestern Colorado as the danger level remained elevated following heavy snow over the weekend.

Later in the day, another avalanche swept through a stretch of the same highway in nearby Summit County. No one was hurt or trapped.