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A difference of degrees: The innate risk in avalanche terrain


March 21, 2019

Left to right: Avalanche forecasters Jonny Cromwell and Erik Stevens dig a snow pit above the crown of the large avalanche that killed a backcountry snowboarder last week. Kyle Clayton photo.

Twenty feet below avalanche forecasters Erik Stevens and Jonny Cromwell, on a gray and frigid alpine slope behind Mount Ripinsky, passing clouds shroud then reveal a 3-meter deep fracture in the snowpack. The 400-meter long cleavage of snow is a c...

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