There have been multiple human triggered avalanches over the past few days, which link directly to the current avalanche problems. Two of the recent avalanches (Berthoud Pass and Montezuma) were freshly formed wind slabs, possibly failing on buried near-surface facets. The other slides on Vail Pass and near the Tunnels failed to the ground (Persistent Slab) on weak snow from October. With a relatively shallow early season's snowpack, it may be easy to affect these layers and create a failure. The best way to ensure your safety is to avoid traveling on steep wind-loaded slopes altogether.
This can be tricky, as slopes facing north to east hold the most snow and the most risk. Look for smooth, rounded drifts below ridges or the backsides of large terrain features as hazards to avoid. With a thin snow cover in most areas, taking any ride in any size avalanche could have severe consequences as you get bashed off the exposed rocks below.