Is this the new normal?

Why more people are dying in avalanches, and what we can do about it

Originally Published: October 17, 2012
By Devon O'Neil | ESPN.com

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To grasp the extent of the avalanche problem, first consider how tragic last winter was. The 34 fatalities that occurred in the U.S. comprised the fifth-highest total since 1950, according to data maintained by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. However, last year was only the third-highest total in the past four years, falling short of the 36 deaths in both 2007-08 and 2009-10.

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