Avalanche threat increases; Red Mountain Pass closed this weekend

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Avalanche threat increases; Red Mountain Pass closed this weekend

Snow slabs up to 40 feet deep cover section of U.S. 550
Colorado Department of TransportationThe West Riverside slide was triggered earlier this week on north Red Mountain Pass, U.S. Highway 550. The triggered avalanche brought down snow about 30 to 40 feet deep and 250 feet wide.
Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

An extensive amount of debris including limbs and trees were brought down with this triggered avalanche. More than a half mile of snow slabs, 10- to 30-feet deep in some areas, have fallen onto the highway. This slide path is known as Brooklyns, located on the south side of Red Mountain summit, U.S. Highway 550.

Avalanche threat increases; Red Mountain Pass closed this weekend

Colorado Department of TransportationThe West Riverside slide was triggered earlier this week on north Red Mountain Pass, U.S. Highway 550. The triggered avalanche brought down snow about 30 to 40 feet deep and 250 feet wide.
Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

An extensive amount of debris including limbs and trees were brought down with this triggered avalanche. More than a half mile of snow slabs, 10- to 30-feet deep in some areas, have fallen onto the highway. This slide path is known as Brooklyns, located on the south side of Red Mountain summit, U.S. Highway 550.

Avalanche threat increases; Red Mountain Pass closed this weekend

Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

The West Riverside slide was triggered Tuesday, March 5, on north Red Mountain Pass, U.S. Highway 550. The triggered avalanche brought down snow about 30-feet deep and 250-feet wide.

Avalanche threat increases; Red Mountain Pass closed this weekend

Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

A heavy-duty snowblower punches a hole through the snow that came down the West Riverside slide triggered Monday, March 4, on north Red Mountain Pass, U.S. Highway 550. The snow shed, which protects the traveling public from natural slide activity, is seen in the background.
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