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Snow Sports Safety

Beware of Avalanche Danger

One of the most iminent dangers of big winter storms is the very real possibility of avalanches. They can come down when and where least expected, as they do each winter. Cars coming down the canyon can be hit by an unforgiving wall of snow and almost pushed off the cliff and people skiing within boundaries of the resorts get caught up in a surprise avalanche. You sort of expect snow danger when you're skiing in the backcountry, while driving on the road? And,avalanches are the number one natural disaster related cause of death in the US.

The best way to stay safe is to NOT venture out into the backcountry at all. But, since fresh powder is impossible to resist, I won't even suggest shutting yourself in your house and reading a book by the fire. (Unless, of course, it's a book on Avalanche Safety--see below). But there are things to do to reduce the chances of becoming a statistic.

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