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Persistent Slab Avalanches

In the Western & Swiss Alps there was a lot of talk about a persistent weak layer in the snowpack. Increasing the risk (since snow has finally arrived in large quantities) for large Slab Avalanches. But how to understand this problem a little bit better and how to avoid this risk during your own backcountry skiing. The Utah Avalanche Center has made a really interesting video explaining this phenomenon and how to reduce your risk in encountering it.

Persistent Slab Avalanches from Trent Meisenheimer on Vimeo.

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Safety Tips for Driving in Snow

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Depending on the way you approach it, driving in the rather unreliable snow of the Alps can either be a pure joy or an unmitigated nightmare. In any and all instances though it’s inevitably a more dangerous pursuit than hitting the average tarmac motorway, so it’s important to have your wits about you. Continue reading...
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