Jan 24, 2012 6:49 PM by Michael Macias News 5

Warm and cold weather blamed for recent increase of Avalanche

This winter has been dangerous in the Colorado Mountains. Already this season four people have been killed in avalanches. This weekend alone three people died. That includes a slide at Vail Mountain, and another at Winter Park.
We caught up with El Paso County Search and Rescue to talk about the increase in avalanche danger in our state. They tell us the slides are happening more frequently because of our recent cycles of warm and cold weather.
"Especially now that it's been warm, it's been cold, it's warm it's been cold so the layers of snow are iced in between so the snow can give way quite easily because of that, once you walk across it." said Steve Sperry, Search and Rescue Public Information Officer.
If you are heading to the high country, there are things you can do to keep safe.
Search and Rescue crews recommend carrying a beacon with you, so if you do get caught in an avalanche it will make it easier for rescuers to find you.



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