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  1. Descending Mt. Stupid Avalanche mistakes and misunderstandings By Tom Rogers

  2. Phrases uttered atop Mt. Stupid: “Historically, the Amazons would cut off their right breast so they could shoot a bow and arrow.” “The American Civil War really had nothing to do with slavery.”

  3. Level 1

  4. Level 2

  5. Level 3

  6. Professional

  7. We’re always cautious when skiing in the backcountry- only one skier goes at a time!

  8. You ski this chute first and then stand directly in the middle, and I’ll just ski right down on top of you.

  9. We’ve got a bomber group of experienced backcountry skiers. What could possibly go wrong!?

  10. Heck with the avalanche gear – I’m skiing the East!

  11. We always dig a pit on the first day of our week-long backcountry ski trips!

  12. Snow pits Snow pits are great for telling you the conditions of the snowpack at that time, on that slope, in the current weather.

  13. (And for some reason we dig them in completely flat fields!!)

  14. Yeah, Jenny took a 2-day avalanche seminar back in college! She totally knows what she’s doing! You sure about this?

  15. Authority is greatly overrated Odds of dying in an avalanche increases with level 1 avalanche certification

  16. I’m such a good skier, which naturally means I know a lot about avalanche safety!

  17. Skiing ability Avalanche knowledge

  18. I’m not scared– I’ve got all the proper avi gear!

  19. Avi gear is mostly useless

  20. Avi gear is mostly useless

  21. Like a seatbelt on a plane

  22. Best piece of avalanche gear

  23. Second best piece of avalanche gear

  24. Did you guys remember to rent your avi gear? Borrowed it from a friend! Yup! Absolutely!

  25. Avalanche gear you don’t know how to use is totally useless

  26. I’m okay with dying doing something I love

  27. Avalanches are not glamorous • http://www.powdermag.com/avalanche-education/op-ed-calling-bullsht/

  28. Avalanches are not glamorous • http://www.powdermag.com/avalanche-education/op-ed-calling-bullsht/ • 12 feet of snow in a week, a fresh foot overnight

  29. Avalanches are not glamorous Jared Spackman, Jackson, WY, 1973-2013

  30. Will this group die in an avalanche?

  31. Will this group die in an avalanche?Probably not!

  32. Now onto a review of basic avalanche concepts…

  33. Avalanche Triangle Weather Snowpack Human Terrain

  34. Avalanche Triangle Weather Snowpack Human Terrain

  35. Terrain, terrain, terrain • “When snowpack, weather, or people are the question, terrain is the answer.” • Bruce Tremper http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yujtc0UUXCE