Feb 24, 2014 5:23 AM by Bethany Rhodes

Increase in avalanche deaths worry CAIC

An avalanche death, near the Idaho-Montana border, over the weekend brings this season's total to 16; four of those in Colorado.

On average, 30 deaths occur each year because of avalanches in the backcountry. This worries the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. They say anyone that ventures into the backcountry should educate themselves on avalanche safety. They say avalanches don't know whether or not you are an expert in the backcountry.

The best way to protect yourself is to bring the proper gear including a probe and shovel and do not travel alone.

To find out which areas are most dangerous, visit the CAIC website by clicking here.


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