Backcountry skiers taking advantage of the stable spring snowpack

Backcountry skiers taking advantage of the stable spring snowpack
Local News

By Edward Stoner

VAIL — Melting snow isn’t always a bad thing for a ski town.While ski resorts have bemoaned the unseasonably warm temperatures and dirt-covered slopes, backcountry enthusiasts have taken advantage of the stable snowpack.Come spring and warm temperatures, the unpredictable winter snow avalanches tend to disappear, meaning it’s time to get after the dream line.Colorado is notorious for its dangerous snow. High avalanche risk throughout the winter months means venturing into the backcountry can be a dangerous proposition, even for those with experience and training.“Assessing the stability of the snow is an uncertain science during the winter,” said Eric Haskell, an …

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