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The human factor

Why human nature may outweigh Mother Nature in affecting avalanches

Originally Published: November 19, 2012
By Griffin Post | ESPN.com

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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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