Avalanche

2:55am

Tue February 11, 2014
Backcountry

With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 9:03 am

Derick Noffsinger models a deployed avalanche air bag pack made by Black Diamond at an industry market in Salt Lake City last month.
Rick Bowmer AP

Let's say you're skiing in the backcountry, looking for some powder — but instead, you trigger an avalanche.

If you have an avalanche air bag pack strapped to your back, you just yank the cord. That deploys the air bag, which keeps you close to the surface and easier to dig out, says Andy Wenberg with Backcountry Access, one of several companies making the devices. When deployed, his company's version of the air bag comes out like wings.

"The whole idea when you deploy that thing in an avalanche is you're avoiding burial death," he says.

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1:00pm

Fri April 26, 2013
Environment

CAIC Says Deadly Avalanche Could Have Been Prevented

Dale Atkins Colorado Avalanche Information Center

1:43pm

Tue April 23, 2013

5:08pm

Fri April 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Rare On-The-Job Death For Avalanche Forecaster In Utah

Craig Patterson, 34, a seven-year veteran of avalanche forecasting for the Utah Department of Transportation.
Utah Department of Transportation

Dale Atkins has been tracking hundreds of avalanche deaths for years but the fatality report that arrived from Utah Friday morning was especially shocking.

"It's way too close to home," says Atkins, the Colorado-based president of the American Avalanche Association. "It's mind numbing...it's a slashing chill."

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1:20pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Environment

CDOT Triggers Large Avalanches Over Berthoud And Loveland Pass

Crews clear an avalanche from Monarch Pass on February 25th 2013
CAIC

Crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation dropped explosives from a helicopter to trigger large avalanche slides Thursday.

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