Mile-wide avalanche takes out hundreds of trees, damages home near Aspen

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A mile-wide avalanche took out hundreds of trees, damaged a home, and destroyed a popular Conundrum Valley trailhead Saturday, according to various reports. 

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the avalanche, which released naturally, was about a mile wide and slid 3,300 feet downhill. The force was so strong that the snow went across the creek and ran uphill for several hundred feet on the opposite side, according to the center. 

The avalanche took out hundreds, if not thousands, of trees, and damaged an unoccupied home near Conundrum Creek. The center said the chimney and windows were damaged, but the home was protected by a defensive wedge that kept it from being destroyed.

The Aspen Times reports the avalanche decimated the trailhead for the Conundrum Valley Trail, which is a popular route to Conundrum Hot Springs. 

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