Knowledge essential for backcountry safety

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — New snow is a good thing, but when new snow falls on old snow in the backcountry, the avalanche danger can rise right along with the snow depth.After a weekend of heavy snow, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center raised its forecast of backcountry avalanche danger to “considerable,” about midway up a five-level scale.Colorado Avalanche Information Center Deputy Director Brian Lazar said he expects that forecast to hold steady for the next several days, especially as more snow falls.“If you give the snowpack time to adjust, (the danger) will ease. But with more snow and wind in the …

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