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Re: Avalanche training

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Avalanche training
December 23, 2010 09:36AM
Learning to survive an avalanche in the backcountry
The backcountry is drawing more skiers than ever — and avalanche-safety skills are crucial

By Michael Kodas

New York Times

It was a skier's fantasy: 4 feet of powdery, fresh snow draped across the backcountry of Red Mountain Pass in Colorado. But the dream quickly turned nightmarish when, just a few feet from my skis, the slope tore open and a gash ripped across the mountain like a zipper. I fell into a shallow crevice and watched as a slab of snow broke into chunks that tumbled down like giant cinderblocks.

I was lucky that March day, but in the world of backcountry snow sports, where there is no ski patrol or avalanche control, luck can quickly run out.

Hence my decision to enroll in a three-day avalanche safety course.

avatar Re: Avalanche training
December 24, 2010 12:18AM
Especially relevent at this time!

The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
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