Photos: Colorado Avalanches Heating Up, Man Survives 75 Foot Plunge

The rescue operation on Buffalo Mountain. Additional images and a video below.
The rescue operation on Buffalo Mountain. Additional images and a video below.
Summit County Search and Rescue via CBS4

At last, the weather in Colorado is heating up.

But with the rise in temperatures comes increased dangers of avalanches in the high country, with numerous slides in recent days — one of which prompted a daring rescue operation.

A man on Buffalo Mountain was reportedly swept over a waterfall by an avalanche on Buffalo Mountain in Summit County, causing him to fall more than 75 feet.

Thanks to agencies such as Summit County Search and Rescue, the man survived his harrowing experience.

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Yet the indispensable Colorado Avalanche Information Center stresses that the risk of additional avalanches is extremely high, as witnessed by a Sawatch Range slide that impacted a roadway on May 27 and one that hit in the vicinity of Loveland Pass on May 31.

Below, check out CAIC photos of the last two avalanches, followed by a CBS4 piece about the Buffalo Mountain rescue and avalanche danger in general.

In the meantime, if you're heading to the high country, heed the CAIC's avalanche warnings — and be careful out there.

The caption on this shot reads, "Wet Slab avalanche on W facing ATL slope on Loveland Pass 5/31/15."
The caption on this shot reads, "Wet Slab avalanche on W facing ATL slope on Loveland Pass 5/31/15."
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
Wet Slab avalanche on W facing ATL slope on Loveland Pass 5/31/15.
Wet Slab avalanche on W facing ATL slope on Loveland Pass 5/31/15.
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
Debris from Wet Slab avalanche on W facing ATL slope on Loveland Pass 5/31/15.
Debris from Wet Slab avalanche on W facing ATL slope on Loveland Pass 5/31/15.
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
Wet Slab avalanches in close Loveland Ski area 5/31/15.
Wet Slab avalanches in close Loveland Ski area 5/31/15.
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
Wet Slab avalanche on W facing ATL slope on Loveland Pass 5/31/15. Entry track from skier visible in background.
Wet Slab avalanche on W facing ATL slope on Loveland Pass 5/31/15. Entry track from skier visible in background.
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
Wet slab avalanche just below parking area on Loveland Pass 5/31/15. SW aspect ATL.
Wet slab avalanche just below parking area on Loveland Pass 5/31/15. SW aspect ATL.
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
Wet Slab avalanche on Loveland Pass. Main east bowl. 5/31/15.
Wet Slab avalanche on Loveland Pass. Main east bowl. 5/31/15.
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
A field report from the Sawatch Range: "Small Wet Loose point releases continued through the afternoon. 5/27/2015."
A field report from the Sawatch Range: "Small Wet Loose point releases continued through the afternoon. 5/27/2015."
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
More from the Sawatch Range on May 27: "Second slide on Beeler Grade, Independence Pass."
More from the Sawatch Range on May 27: "Second slide on Beeler Grade, Independence Pass."
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
Sawatch Range: "Beeler Grade path showing debris from Wet Loose avalanche 5/26/2015."
Sawatch Range: "Beeler Grade path showing debris from Wet Loose avalanche 5/26/2015."
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
Sawatch Range on May 27: "Debris from ’Gulch’ path."
Sawatch Range on May 27: "Debris from ’Gulch’ path."
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
Sawatch Range: "New (on far left) Wet Loose avalanche in Star Mountain A. 5/27/2015."
Sawatch Range: "New (on far left) Wet Loose avalanche in Star Mountain A. 5/27/2015."
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche Center
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