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Understanding Avalanche Warnings and Safety Tips

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An avalanche can be an extremely deadly occurrence as we have seen in Montana this winter. Across the U.S. there were six people reportedly killed by avalanche accidents this past weekend bringing the total number dead up to twelve for the year.

Avalanche warnings are put in place when there are high winds and a large snow pack. Its important know this when out enjoying snowy activities, such as skiing or snowboarding. Other tips include digging a pit to check if the snow on your path if jagged and listening for the sound of falling snow in the area. To get more safety tips we reached out to a pro at Showdown Ski Area.

"When it comes to avalanche danger the most important thing to keep in mind is awareness of your surroundings. If you are aware of what's going on around you then you can make a logical decision about hitting a slope or not. With in bounds skiing, such as Showdown, we send out patrols to check on things, but if you venture out to the back country or side country then make sure you are aware and have a partner with you," says Benjamin Haugan, the operations manager at Showdown.

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