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Historic Mile-Wide Avalanche Near Aspen, CO

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The slide connected multiple paths and took out "hundreds if not thousands of trees." Colorado Avalanche Information Center photo and quote.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reporting that a massive slide in the mountains outside Aspen released naturally on Saturday, March 9.  The avalanche's crown was around a mile wide and ran over 3000 feet, damaging an unoccupied home in the valley below. 

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An unoccupied home in the valley below was damaged despite being protected by defensive structures. CAIC photo.

The report indicates that the slide crossed the creek on the valley bottom and continued several hundred feet up the other side, downing trees as it went. Historic avalanches should come as no surprise considering the heavy snowfall which has recently blanketed portions of the state, but the sheer size of this slide is enough to warrant attention.  

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