There have been a couple of close calls already. One person injured at Berthoud yesterday. Sounds like he got some fairly serious injuries. . The area where he is rumored to have gotten slid is notorious and a very obvious avalanche hazard. If you know what you are looking for. In fact this area is so dangerous that I haven't put a line through it in over 5 years. This might be the season I do some lines down Rush and Nitro, but it won't be until spring.
I can not stress enough on how sucky our snow pack is. The temperature gradient here causes facets to form near the ground surface of the snow pack. Last few pits I dug had about 3 inches of this. A lot less than last year, but it's still a ball bearings layer. Great for stuff to slide on. It wasn't much of a worry as the slab above it was well bridged and there just wasn't a ton of weight on it. That layer is now loaded with all of the recent snow. It's not going to take much to break that slab layer above the depth hoar and take you for a ride. All it probably needs is you for it to rip.
Still there is lots of fun things to do out there. Stick to lower angle, well anchored terrain. Ride one at a time. Remember that cherry line will still be there tomorrow, the next day, next season. With the way things are setting up, if we keep getting snow, we are going to be able to do the big lines soon enough. Right now we're getting into the killing zone months, so be careful.
They are saying it was a snowboarder. Swept over the West Side cliffs.
I heard there was another incident at the bottom of the North Chutes on Russell. A couple of skiers triggered the avalanche from below. They got out ok, but lost a couple of poles. I guess they plan to find them in the spring.