Avalanche/landslide

Molas, Coal Bank passes break snowfall record

Coal Bank and Molas passes, between Durango and Silverton, have received more snow this month than any other January since at least 1993, when the Colorado Avalanche Information Center began...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche survivor wants to spare others from tragedy

“There’s no better feeling in the world” than to be hit by an avalanche probe after 10 minutes trapped beneath 5 feet of snow. Like many Durangoans, Jeremy Bird is drawn to the pristine yet...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche danger ‘high’ with more storms approaching

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has a message for backcountry enthusiasts eager to take advantage of the new snowfall in the high country: “Avoid it.” The avalanche danger was listed as...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche blasting planned Wednesday on Red Mountain Pass

Motorists traveling Red Mountain Pass between Silverton and Ouray can expect delays Wednesday while the Colorado Department of Transportation conducts avalanche-control work along U.S. Highway 550....

DATE: Nov. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cool temperatures, rain usher in rockfall season

A dusting of snow this week in the high country above Durango is a reminder of the approaching freeze-thaw cycle that tends to loosen rocks along area highways. One such rockfall occurred Tuesday...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Series of avalanche-awareness classes offered

Winter is on its way, and according to weather forecasters, it’s supposed to be a big one. That means big fun for skiers and snowmobilers in the backcountry, and it also means more of something...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: More Sports

The complexity of a tragedy

Eleven days after the tragic avalanche that killed a young Durango woman while backcountry skiing with a friend on Kendall Mountain just above Silverton, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: DS - News

The complexity of a tragedy

Eleven days after the tragic avalanche that killed a young Durango woman while backcountry skiing with a friend on Kendall Mountain just above Silverton, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survivor describes deadly avalanche

They were analyzing conditions, digging snowpits and doing everything by the book when the avalanche broke loose above Silverton, Ryan Moomey said last week. Moomey was skiing with Olivia Buchanan...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Snow conditions familiar to skiers in avalanche

They were analyzing conditions, digging snowpits and doing everything by the book when the avalanche broke loose above Silverton, Ryan Moomey said last week. Moomey was skiing with Olivia Buchanan...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durangoan, 23, dies in avalanche above Silverton

A 23-year-old Durango woman has died after being caught in an avalanche and swept into trees on Kendall Mountain south of Silverton. Olivia Buchanan was pronounced dead Tuesday night after being...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Scholarships available for education in avalanches

It's already starting: On Nov. 26, not even winter, a snowmobiler from North Dakota died in an avalanche near Cooke City, Montana - marking the first avalanche death of the 2014-15 snow season in...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: DS - News