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So, what do you do when avy danger is in the red zone but you want to earn your turns? Find some low angled powder on exposures with less hazard. Pick the lowest angle possible on lines that are not “avalanche slopes.” Check things with a few pits. Watch for bad signs and adjust goals on the fly. Ski conservative lines that have been regularly skied though the last few storms. Buddy system. Don’t get cocky. Add fun by using fat waxed skis and doing some video. So, that’s what we did and here is the video. Welcome home Louie.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain. For more about Lou, please see his personal website at https://www.loudawson.com/ (Blogger stats: 5 foot 10 inches (178 cm) tall, 160 lbs (72574.8 grams).