Rangers train for avalanches at Rocky Mountain National Park

7:23 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK - It has been a deadly season already with avalanches in Colorado's backcountry.

In Rocky Mountain National Park, they are expecting an intense storm system with wind and snow to raise avalanche danger in the coming days.

On Wednesday, rangers trained in three-person ski teams to find and extricate dummies under snow.

"It's good realistic conditions for training," RMNP Emergency Cordinator Rich Browne said.

Just up the mountain from where they trained, a backcountry skier in December wiped out with a camera showing what happened next.

The crash triggered an avalanche.

"There was an actual avalanche incident over the Christmas holidays," Browne said. "Time is critical with a burial."

Which is why rangers worked in the cold, windy conditions Wednesday to practice what they would do in case of a rescue.

Flight-for-life helicopters are also called in avalanche burial rescues.

"You could see high avalanche danger in the next couple days," Browne said.

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