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The 14th annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop will be held on October 9th at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. We'll post a schedule for the vent and open registration after Labor Day.
Mountain Weather Workshop
The CAIC, National Weather Service, and Colorado Mountain Collage will host a 3-day workshop on mountain weather November 16-18 at CMC's Timberline campus in Leadville. We'll post a syllabus and open registration after Labor Day.
Recall of Black Diamond JetForce Avalanche Airbag Backpacks
Black Diamond is recalling airbags for a firmware update to solve several problems. See this page for technical details, models affected, and return instructions.
May 2015 Avalanches
May 2015 was a busy month for avalanches. Observers reported 258 avalanches to the CAIC. There were 10 people caught in seven separate incidents. A warm spell the last week in April formed a melt freeze crust on the snowpack surface. Snowfall during May frequently avalanched on the crust. Continued public support and submitting avalanche observations contributed to the large number of reported avalanches. We would like to thank our supporters and observers for this help.
For comparative purposes, here are May avalanches reported in the last five seasons:
May 2011: 196 reported avalanches
May 2012: 2 reported avalanches
May 2013: 150 reported avalanches
May 2014: 81 reported avalanches
May 2015: 265 reported avalanches
- Statewide Avalanche Summary has general Spring and Summer Avalanche Safety information