Telluride: USFS extends Bear Creek avalanche mapping permit

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From The Telluride Daily Planet (Matthew Beaudin):

Starting Nov. 16 and running through ski season, the Upper Bear Creek area will be closed to all travelers from 6 to 10 a.m. Ski Patrollers will not control the drainage but study it, sometimes using explosives. “It’s just a matter of mapping everything,” Telski COE Dave Riley said. Crews will also dig pits in hopes of better understanding a snowpack that’s as fussy as a 2-year-old…

Telski’s current permit was set to expire on Dec. 31. The new permit allows the ski area to continue mapping Upper Bear Creek’s dangers through the ski season. “Reissuing the permit for the upcoming winter will allow Telski to collect a full season’s worth of information and complete the snow study in Bear Creek,” Shutza said.

More San Miguel watershed coverage here.

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