SP-48 Avalanche Wise: Your Guide to Avalanche Safety in Colorado


Contents include avalanches; terrain factors; weather factors; snowpack factors; field tests; human factors; minimizing risk and surviving avalanches; avalanche zones of Colorado; avalanche hotlines in Colorado; internet web site; reading list; video list; avalanche danger scale. 24 pages. Digital PDF download. SP-48D

Nowhere else in the United States are avalanches more deadly than in Colorado. The reason may be found in the Colorado snowpack. Located furthest from the oceans, Colorado’s mountains usually have a shallower and colder snowpack than other western states. There are physical processes at work in such snowpacks that make them more avalanche-prone. This booklet will keep you avalanche-wise.