It’s turning into a great snow season. Snow is piling up in the high country and powder has been plentiful. As the snowpack increases, the potential for avalanches also rises. While knowing what to look for when skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the backcountry is important, the first precaution is to check online sources that provide avalanche forecasts.

The best source for backcountry avalanche and weather forecasts for those heading into Colorado or southern Wyoming is the Colorado Avalanche Information Center or CAIC. Check the forecast for the Steamboat and Flat Top regions as a guide for what to expect in the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre Mountains.

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