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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
600 AM MDT FRI OCT 28 2011

...AVALANCHES...ARE YOU PREPARED...

THOUSANDS OF AVALANCHES OCCUR EACH WINTER IN THE MOUNTAINS OF 
COLORADO.  WITH THE ENORMOUS POPULARITY OF WINTER SPORTS IN 
COLORADO...THIS POSES A RISK TO SKIERS...SNOWBOARDERS...HIKERS AND
SNOWMOBILERS.  ON AVERAGE 6 PEOPLE DIE IN AVALANCHES IN THE STATE OF
COLORADO EVERY YEAR.  ANYONE WHO TRAVELS INTO THE HIGH COUNTRY IN THE WINTER 
SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR AVALANCHES AND KNOW HOW TO AVOID THEM.  

THE FIRST THING TO KNOW IS MOST AVALANCHES OCCUR DURING OR JUST
AFTER SNOWSTORMS AND MOST OCCUR ON A SLOPE OF 30 TO 45 DEGREES. 
A SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL MAY RESULT IN AN UNSTABLE SNOWPACK.  BY
WAITING 36 HOURS AFTER A BIG SNOWSTORM YOU MAY ALLOW THE SNOW TO
BECOME MORE STABLE.  IF YOU STAY IN VALLEYS AWAY FROM AVALANCHE CHUTES
...IN STANDS OF DENSE TREES...OR ON GENTLE SLOPES YOU CAN MINIMIZE YOUR
AVALANCHE RISK.    

IF YOU ARE A SKIER OR SNOWBOARDER AT A COMMERCIAL SKI AREA THERE
IS LITTLE DANGER OF AVALANCHES.  HOWEVER...rESPECT THEIR RULES AND
DO NOT STRAY OUT OF BOUNDS.  SKI AREAS WORK TO REDUCE THE DANGER FROM 
AVALANCHES WITHIN THEIR BOUNDED TERRAIN...BUT OUT OF BOUNDS A SERIOUS 
AVALANCHE RISK MAY EXIST.  MINIMIZE YOUR RISK BY STAYING IN BOUNDS.  

IF YOU WANT TO ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS IN AREAS PRONE TO 
AVALANCHES...YOU CAN MINIMIZE THE DANGER BY FOLLOWING A FEW
SIMPLE RULES...  

    CHECK THE CURRENT AVALANCHE FORECAST TO GET INFORMATION ON CURRENT
    AND FORECAST AVALANCHE CONDITIONS.  ALSO CHECK THE LATEST WEATHER
    FORECAST TO SEE IF CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO CHANGE WHILE YOU ARE IN
    THE BACKCOUNTRY.  

    NEVER TRAVEL ALONE.  ALWAYS HAVE ONE OR MORE COMPANIONS.  
    EVEN SMALL AVALANCHES CAN BE FATAL.  IF YOU ARE ALONE AND GET 
    TRAPPED...YOU MAY NOT BE FOUND UNTIL SPRING. 

    IF CROSSING A SLOPE THAT MAY BE PRONE TO AVALANCHES...DO IT   
    ONE PERSON AT A TIME.  YOU WANT TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT ON     
    YOUR PARTY IF AN AVALANCHE IS ACCIDENTLY RELEASED.  
 
    IN AVALANCHE COUNTRY...ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR PARTY SHOULD CARRY 
    AVALANCHE RESCUE EQUIPMENT INCLUDING AN AVALANCHE BEACON...SHOVEL
    AND PROBE POLE.  THIS INCREASES YOUR CHANCES OF EFFECTING A  
    SUCCESSFUL RESCUE AND FINDING YOUR FRIENDS ALIVE.  


AVALANCHE CONDITIONS IN COLORADO ARE MONITORED AND FORECASTED 
BY THE COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER...CAIC. YOU CAN GET 
MORE INFORMATION ON AVALANCHES AND AVALANCHE SAFETY FROM CAIC.  
THEIR NUMBER IS 303-499-9650 OR GO TO THEIR INTERNET SITE AT 
HTTP://AVALANCHE.STATE.CO.US  

WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK CONTINUES THROUGH SATURDAY. 
NOW IS THE TIME TO GET PREPARED FOR WINTER SO YOU CAN SAFELY ENJOY THE
OUTDOORS AND TRAVEL SAFELY WHEN THE SNOW FLIES.   

GLANCY...WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST...NWS Boulder COLORADO
Greene...DIRECTOR OF COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER


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