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A deadly avalanche cycle

Updated: April 7, 2011, 9:56 AM ET
By Tess Weaver | ESPN Action Sports

It's been a deadly week in the backcountry around the West, with fatal incidents in Colorado, Utah and Washington and big scares elsewhere. Snow conditions have made a radical turn, with winter switching to spring in a matter of days everywhere from the Cascades to the Rockies. The afternoon sun is the common denominator in this week's incidents -- most every avalanche occurred after 12 p.m.

Last Friday, April 1, pro snowboarders Jeremy Jones and Xavier de le Rue, filmer Matt Herriger ...

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