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

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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.

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.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

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