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Roger Klinger <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 6 Dec 2004 17:06:26 -0500
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Some avy facts from Bruce Tremper's "Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain":

-An average-size dry avalanche reaches speeds of 20mph in 3 seconds and travels 60-80 mph
within 6 seconds
-Over 1/4 of avy victims die from trauma by hittting trees and rocks on the way down
- a slab avalanche is made of large, heavy cohesive plates of snow sliding as a unit, and breaking
apart as they descend the slope
- a typical slab is about the size of half a football field

Given the above fact, I can't imagine anyone wanting or being able to skiin one.

Read the above book, then take a class.  It can scare you into saving your life.

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