Deaths highlight once-in-a-decade Rockies avalanche danger

This image provided by Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows an avalanche that killed an unidentified snowboarder on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, near the town of Winter Park in Colorado. The deaths of two Colorado men caught in avalanches and a third in Montana over the frigid Presidents Day weekend underscore the danger of backcountry conditions in the Rocky Mountains, where skiers and snowboarders risk triggering exceptionally weak layers of snow that are the most hazardous conditions in a decade (Colorado Avalanche Information Center via AP)

This image provided by Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows an avalanche that killed an unidentified snowboarder on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, near the town of Winter Park in Colorado. The deaths of two Colorado men caught in avalanches and a third in Montana over the frigid Presidents Day weekend underscore the danger of backcountry conditions in the Rocky Mountains, where skiers and snowboarders risk triggering exceptionally weak layers of snow

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Avalanche safety a growing priority for clubs

In January, 2015 a group of U.S. Ski Team athletes took a freeskiing break after heavy snow canceled gate training in Sölden. They headed off the groomers on a powder-filled slope that looked enticing. Two of them didn’t make it.

Six years later, as clubs around the country prepare for the ski racing season amid the uncertainties of a pandemic, preparation for snow safety off piste has risen up the

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A $2 Billion Ski Development Near Park City Creates an Avalanche of Controversy

One of New York City’s most prominent real-estate developers is betting years of his life—and a nine-figure sum—that he will be the first in four decades to successfully build a new, full-service ski resort in the United States.

The obstacles are legion. The local approvals process can be lengthy and uncertain. Costs are massive—even more so in this project, where portions of the land are polluted with mine tailings containing … Read More