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Avalanche fatalities in Western states from 1950-51 to 2012-13

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When snow gives way: The most dangerous snowpack in the world

There’s nothing quite like traversing the backcountry. It’s where skiers, riders, snowmobilers — you name it — can find Colorado’s freshest snow. But what makes backcountry powder so alluring also makes it the most dangerous snowpack in the world, CMC avalanche awareness and safety teacher Cody Perry says. There are steps to entering this uncharted terrain. Trip planning is key, and understanding the proper safety procedures is imperative when the worst happens — the avalanche. Perry led a group of a dozen CMC students through planning and practicing in the classroom and the field to prepare for when disaster strikes and the slides take hold.

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