Experts: avalanche danger high in rare outlier year

New twist: More experience skiers, not newbies, getting into trouble

This winter’s unstable snow pack—built on sparse early snow—has lead to a “perfect storm” for treacherous avalanche conditions, experts say. The dicey snow pack combined with easier access to back- and sidecountry terrain has created a “spooky,” combustible mixture this season, as avalanche centers are increasing their warnings to skiers and riders. We said it before, and we'll say it again: You can’t be too careful out there—inbounds and out. Here’s more from the pros.


Avalanche path

Experts: Avalanche Danger High in ‘Outlier Year’

More experience skiers, not newbies, getting into trouble.

High Spirited tout

High Spirited

Craft distilleries continue their ascent across the mountain west.

Hall of Fame Inductees

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2011

A sold-out ceremony ushers eight athletes and industry pioneers into the fold.

NASA Snow Map

NASA: 2012 Was a Bad Snow Year

Yes, shocking, we know. A report and comparative maps from this season and last confirm the obvious.

The 10th: Vail's new on-mountain restaurant

The 10th: Vail's new mountain restaurant is a hit

Great skier cuisine—and they don’t overlook your kids.

La Nina thumb

What La Nina Means for Snowfall

“Why do we care about La Nina, or El Nino?” In short, it’s really the only reliable clue that meteorologists have to predict temperature and precipitation patterns months and seasons in advance. Meteorologist/skier Joel Gratz weighs in.

Forest Flyer

Vail Wants You Back After the Lifts Close

Plans: Zip lines, ropes course, climbing wall, mountain coaster and more.

Winter Park Express: ski train from Denver to Winter Park Resort

The Ski Train

All aboard the Winter Park Express, this skier experiences the reinvigoration of a Colorado ski train.