The human factor
Why human nature may outweigh Mother Nature in affecting avalanches
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I was 16 when I was caught in my first avalanche.
It was April at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., and it had been snowing hard enough to cancel the giant slalom race I was there for. The storm had dumped several feet of snow since we'd been there, and with the day now free, I headed out for some powder skiing with friends. The snow was deep and light and we lapped a lower lift nonstop, bobbing through trees and ...
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