Avalanche http://kajx.org en Spring Avalanche Season Begins http://kajx.org/post/spring-avalanche-season-begins <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the time of year when backcountry skiing CAN get less risky. After dire avalanche warnings throughout the winter season, spring turns are often safer. But that’s not always a guarantee.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Elise Thatcher 17079 at http://kajx.org Spring Avalanche Season Begins Avalanche Forecasters Hoping to Expand Outreach http://kajx.org/post/avalanche-forecasters-hoping-expand-outreach <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been a big avalanche season this winter, with some of the most powerful Colorado slides experts have seen. Now, the state’s hub for avalanche forecasting is hoping to add ways to help people avoid getting caught in avalanche accidents. The non-profit &nbsp;Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is aiming to raise a hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. To find out exactly what that money would go towards, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Ethan Greene, Executive Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p2"> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:07:25 +0000 Elise Thatcher 15482 at http://kajx.org Avalanche Forecasters Hoping to Expand Outreach Mountain Edition - February 20th, 2014 http://kajx.org/post/mountain-edition-february-20th-2014 <p>The Thompson Divide prompted conflicting statements by environmental groups and Garfield County this week. Avalanche danger has been sketchy lately because of certain unusual factors.&nbsp; And if a snow slide happens inside a ski area, turns out the resort isn’t to blame. A Basalt advisor wins an award for her work with female investors. We say goodbye to a member of the Aspen Public Radio family, lost too soon.&nbsp; And, we’ll wrap up our coverage of Aspen area athletes going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:40:09 +0000 Elise Thatcher & Rob St. Mary 14561 at http://kajx.org Mountain Edition - February 20th, 2014 Court: Avalanches In Ski Areas OK http://kajx.org/post/court-avalanches-ski-areas-ok <p class="p1">There’s a lot of concern over avalanche danger in Colorado’s backcountry right now. That includes the Aspen area. But skiers and boarders also have to keep this in mind: avalanches can occur inside ski areas… and if they do, the resort isn’t necessarily at fault. That’s a new ruling by the Colorado Appeals Court.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2"> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:11:49 +0000 Elise Thatcher 14519 at http://kajx.org Court: Avalanches In Ski Areas OK Fatal Avalanche Big Enough to Destroy a House http://kajx.org/post/fatal-avalanche-big-enough-destroy-house <p></p><p>A combination of record snow, wind and warming temperatures created a disaster in the backcountry over the weekend. An avalanche on the east-side of Independence Pass Saturday killed two skiers Saturday. And, the state’s avalanche center says it hasn’t seen such large, destructive avalanches in 20 years. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with John Snook, a forecaster at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:24:55 +0000 Marci Krivonen 14447 at http://kajx.org Fatal Avalanche Big Enough to Destroy a House