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…can get you. The sledder in vid below is actually lucky to be alive. He was fully buried. A few inches deeper, and without a friend handy, the outcome would have been dire. For example, the tiny avalanche that killed a man at Snowmass Resort recently (second vid)… How many times have you passed under tiny steep banks over a trail, and not given them a thought? Or messed around with smaller “test” slopes? Myself, I’ve seen many of these sorts of slides over the years, and have become quite cautious with “cut banks” and that sort of thing. Check it out.
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).