IS-36 Snow and Avalanche Annual Report 1991-92 CAIC


This is the annual report describes the operations of the CAIC and the important events of the 1991-1992 winter season. It contains the executive summary; funding and budget; operations; weather and avalanche synopsis; detailed winter summary; information acquisition; dissemination of hazard forecasts, public education; and hazard grading. 53 pages. 3 figures. 8 tables. 2 appendices. Digital PDF download. IS-36D

Excerpt from the report:

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has completed its fifth year under the management of the Colorado Geological Survey and its ninth year within the Department of Natural Resources. This year one event stands out, and that was the avalanche of March 5 on Red Mountain Pass which took the life of Eddy Imel, a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) employee. For years Eddy had reported avalanches to the Avalanche Center. We lost one of our own in this tragedy that stabbed at the heart of his family, the community of Ouray, the CDOT, and the Avalanche Center.

Summary of avalanche events: A total of 2,523 avalanches were reported to the Center this season (36% above normal). Avalanche Warnings were posted on 23 days (11 below normal). Eight people died by avalanche (4 above normal). Property damage was exceptionally low, estimated at $15,000.