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AVALANCHE AVOIDANCE: TIPS FOR SAFELY ENJOYING RECREATION IN THE BACKCOUNTRY

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Doug Abromeit - Director of the Forest Service National Avalanche Center


By Doug Abromeit – Director of the Forest Service National Avalanche Center

Avalanches typically kill more people in the mountains in the West than any other natural disaster, and the winter of 2007-2008 was particularly grim. Last year 36 people died – the worst on record. Two of those people were killed by avalanches off of house roofs, one was killed in a ski area and thirty-three were killed doing their thing in the backcountry — snowboarding, skiing, climbing or riding a snowmobile.