Ten Avalanche deaths in Colorado account for nearly half of the 25 nationwide this year. A skier and snowmobiler were killed in separate avalanches over the weekend. Avalanche risk has increased for part of the state. The Northern San Juan range is considered “high risk” according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
All other mountain ranges in Colorado including the Grand Mesa, Aspen and Gunnison ranges remain categorized as “considerable risk.” The Juans is currently set to expire Wednesday morning. Three people died earlier this month in the back country in the San Juans. Since the beginning of the month, 18 people have died in avalanches across the country. The nation has already surpassed the unfortunate total avalanche fatalities’ last season of 23.