What is an Avalanche?
An avalanche is a mass of snow, often mixed with ice and debris, that is moving down the inclined slope of a mountain. An avalanche can be triggered by changes in precipitation or temperature, skiers, snowshoers, or even wildlife.
What Should I Do Before Traveling into Avalanche Terrain?
Avalanche Safety Tips:
Know Before You Go!
Before heading out on your winter adventure, take time to learn about the current avalanche forecast for your destination. Start by visiting the Colorado Avalanche Information Center's webpage to learn about avalanche backcountry forecasts, observations, safety information and more.
Be Prepared - Carry Avalanche Safety Gear With You
When traveling in avalanche country, carry avalanche safety gear and make sure everyone in your party knows how to use their gear before beginning your backcountry trip. Essential avalanche safety gear includes a shovel, avalanche transceiver, a probe, and a first-aid kit.
Take an avalanche safety class
Many organizations offer avalanche safety classes. Taking a class is a great way to learn about avalanche safety and avalanche rescue techniques.
Did you know Rocky has an Avalanche Beacon Training Park?
Want to practice using your avalanche beacon and rescue skills?
How can I use the Avalanche Beacon Training Park?
There are 8 buried beacons that can be activated one at a time or all at once from the central control station. This training park is set up as a self-serve station and is available for use throughout the winter season. Directions for different scenarios are located at the main control station.
What do I do if I notice a problem with the beacon training park?
If you notice a problem with the beacon bowl, please contact the park's Information Office at 970-586-1206.
Map to the Hidden Valley Avalanche Beacon Training Park
Last updated: January 12, 2024