Out of a total of 2,977 observed/reported avalanches over the course of the past season, only one person was caught and killed. That fatality occurred in the Flattops range of Northern Colorado and involved two people riding Timber Sleds in an area where motorized transportation is prohibited. Besides the single fatality, 80 others were caught in slides but survived.
In addition to the lack of avalanche fatalities last year, CAIC is also proud to show off its booming educational programs, whose enrollment rose from 4,000 students in 05/06 to roughly 7,000 in 16/17. Avalanche professionals hope that the increase is having a direct correlation on the downturn in avalanche-related fatalities.
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Over the past year the Friends of CAIC and CAIC have made great strides in building the best avalanche center possible! • Your donations continue to drive and improve our programs for backcountry forecasting and education throughout Colorado. You can see more regarding our 2016-2017 season by viewing the FY2017 Annual Report. Link in profile! #friendsofcaic
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2016/2017 Avalanche Statistics [Colorado]