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Avalanche Awareness Week

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By Kim Bartlett

2-1-2007
The numbers show 90 percent of avalanche victims die in slides triggered by themselves or those in their group.
The experts say 27 people die in avalanches a year in the U.S.
The Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center wants those hitting the slopes to be ready.
Director Janet Kellam says, “If you want to get into the steep terrain like intermediate to expert ski runs in the back country you need to understand that avalanches can happen".
Despite a recent dry spell forecasters predict there could be trouble with the next snow fall.
Forecaster Chris Lundy with the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center says, “We tend to form something we call a weak layer, the snow surface becomes lose and sugary...that snow will probably not bond well with the snow surface, we probably could have avalanche problems".
Education is extremely helpful but just being aware of Mother Nature's red flags can save your life.
And, because rescue teams only have about 15 minutes to find a victim you should learn more about the dangers and avalanche advisories at www.sawtoothavalanche.com.



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