KUSA - More than 100 avalanches were reported around Colorado over the weekend.
Avalanche forecasters say the conditions were caused by a combination of a weak base layer of snow, a heavy layer of new snow, high winds and lots of traffic in the back country, among other things.
"The wind pretty much creates a crest on the top of the snow. It just causes things to go early with the trigger," said Aaron Davidson with the Grand County Search and Rescue Team.
On Saturday, a back country skier was stranded on the side of a mountain on Berthoud Pass after she accidentally triggered an avalanche.
The Grand County Search and Rescue Team was able to save her with the assistance of another rescue team.
Scott Toepfer is an avalanche forecaster at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. He's been studying snow conditions for several decades. He says this is likely just the beginning of a busy avalanche season with more snow forecasted for the mountains this weekend.
"This scenario is probably going to be cycling over and over again through the rest of the winter," he said. "Maybe even into May. We'll have to see how it goes. This does not look good for the long-term avalanche picture."
Avalanche search and rescue members say with avalanche danger at "considerable" levels statewide, it's crucial people be experienced when heading into the back country and carry an avalanche beacon.
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