Bombing A Mountain For Avalanche Control Draws A Crowd In Telluride, Colorado

Telluride Colorado

Hey Alexa, play “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Dean Martin.

I’m usually not one to listen to Christmas music outside of the holiday season, but I also don’t get to see a controlled avalanche everyday. With that much snow moving down a mountain at high speed, it’s only right to cue up some sort of snow-themed song.

The town of Telluride, Colorado was looking forward to the scheduled triggering of an avalanche on Ajax Peak, which stands just a few miles away from the center of their home. Using explosives to start an avalanche is both a) a great way to divert disasters before they happen and b) super cool.

Residents of Telluride (possibly every person that lives there) gathered on Main Street to watch the controlled explosion, and they were not disappointed. Videos show a helicopter flying towards the mountain and then dropping an explosive, causing snow to come barreling down the steep slope.

Check it out:

@kaydub8750 Living in a small mountain town means that sometimes everyone comes out onto Main Street to watch the local heli-skiing company bomb the end of the canyon for avalanche control. Mother Nature is pretty darn impressive. #telluride #liljon #fyp #mountaintown #colorado #mountains #avalanche ♬ Turn Down for What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon

Guess who has two thumbs and is about to go down a YouTube rabbit hole of controlled avalanche videos? THIS GUY.

If you plan on going on that journey as well, you can get started with the video below, which is the news story that FOX31 Denver produced around the Telluride controlled avalanche story:

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A beer bottle on a dock