LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
The threat of an avalanche continues up on Mount Charleston and a voluntary evacuation remains in place for mountain residents.
Snow safety specialists say causing a controlled slide to prevent an unexpected avalanche at Lee Canyon is just one method used to keep the public safe.
“Sometimes it’s the howitzer and hand charges. Small charges we drop in the snow and ski away and they explode,” said Ski Patrol, Greg French.
Greg French is the resort’s snow safety specialist who says conditions are checked twice a day from the first snowfall of the season to the last. But while Lee Canyon is available to perform these mitigation efforts, over in neighboring Kyle Canyon, it’s not that easy. Too heavy populated and much of the wilderness there is closely regulated and French says he understands why an avalanche threat now exists.
“Because we had so much snow so quickly and we had a lot of wind.