CLEAR CREEK COUNTY- Avalanche mitigation work near the Eisenhower Tunnel continued on Wednesday. Colorado Department of Transportation crews used blasters to try and trigger slides.
Avalanche experts say this season is on track to be the worst since the early '90s. Four deaths have been reported so far this season, two on Monday.
The message being sent to folks traveling in Colorado's backcountry is not meant to scare people, but it's very clear and concise.
"There's numerous places where the snowpack could fail. It's very dangerous, and you just don't know where a slide will be triggered," CDOT avalanche forecaster Lee Metzger said.
The reality is, if you go to the backcountry there's a chance you might not return. CDOT crews say they will continue to use blasters to trigger slides throughout the winter season.
On Wednesday, the slides were small, but crews say even the slightest movement is a good thing because it breaks up any buildup in the snowpack. Experts say the heavier the snowpack gets, the more dangerous the potential avalanche can be.
"Backcountry skiers could find a place that hasn't been tested all year," Metzger said.
Forecasters are asking backcountry travelers to pay attention to the avalanche danger because right now, they say, isn't the time to take risks.