GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — There have been over 40 avalanches just this winter in Colorado. But avalanches are not the only thing adventurers should be careful of.

There is an average of six deaths each year due to avalanches, but this year is sitting at ten, and winter is not over yet.

I spoke with Ethan Greene, the director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and he explained to me that it’s not just weather that triggers avalanches. People can trigger them too.

Footsteps create cracks in the snow as you walk, and those cracks can either only go a few inches, or much farther, creating a domino effect and a big snowslide.

Greene advises that all travelers should stay a good distance away from each other in order to avoid all members being hit by a snowslide.

A shovel, probe pole, and airbag are all safe tools to carry when in avalanche country.

Feel free to check out CAIC website before you embark on your next journey.

Avalanches are typically found at higher elevations, with steeper cliffs and heavier snow, but dangers can also be found on lower ground.

No matter how long you expect your trip to last, always remember to pack the essentials.

A knife is a versatile tool, and a flashlight can be a lifesaver if your expedition carries into the night.

Food and water is a must have as well.

While weighing down your pack might sound unappealing, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Stay safe out there, happy traveling.