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The tree well thing in Colorado is weird. We don't have the Evegreens with big thick branchs that run way down to the base like in the PNW. Those types of trees really creat a hollow spot and with a deep snowpack a very dangerous trap.

Yet a few years ago I came across a stat on tree well deaths in the last 20 years or something and Colorado had the most.

There was one in Steamboat a few years ago. So it does happen but not very often. Tree well deaths also don't happen very often overall. The only thing I can think of as to why Colorado had more deaths is because we have more skier days than anywhere else in the nation by a long shot.

The tree wells in the west coast mountains are certainly more dangerous and require a healthy amount of respect.
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I wonder if they're just counting people falling in creek beds and the such as tree well deaths out here.


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At the risk of sounding ignorant, is this something to worry about in Colorado? I had thought tree wells were something endemic to the Pacific Northwest..?
We have really bad avalanche conditions this year. Anyone catch how big that slide was on the bottom of the backside of Loveland Pass? It never slips there and that slide was huge.
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Biggest crowd of the season today. All tourists from outta town this weekend. Bad weekend for resort riding, great weekend to make some money for local business!

I think breck had like 22,000 yesterday. Vail had 24,000 yesterday. It's more today. Sucks that shit is popping like crazy, I may just go tour....
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Breck wasn't too bad today, but looking at the lift lines yesterday on the webcam it was scary. Anyone else see that giant slide on Imperial? Straight to the rocks.


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Any pictures of it?
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Just saw some video of a slide on berthoud pass. Guy lived and was not injured. Had an airbag. Didn't look like a very steep aspect either......

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Actually that was Nitro and it is fairly steep with a huge convexity on top. I took a few photos of the slide after it had happened. We were in first creek and saw all the emergency vehicles headed up. Glad it was a close call. That could have easily of been a killer. Lots of stuff to get banged into.

There is a reason why I do not play on that cliff line very often. I consider it one of the most dangerous places on the pass.
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How bad is the snow at the resorts right now? I imagine it is getting pretty baked.
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