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'Perfect storm' of events helped save life of woman buried in weekend avalanche

Woman describes 'strange calm' after being buried by snow

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  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    Kitenoa,

    It costs a lot less than ObamaCare for all the couch potatoes who never go and enjoy the mountains.

  • Kitenoa Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Glad she was rescued, but how much does it cost local government to "subsidize" thrill seekers risky adventures?

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Jan. 17, 2013 6:35 a.m.

    About 20 years ago the University of Utah (I think it was them, or someone associated with them) came up with this really great film about avalanche training. They interviewed about 20 avalance experts. One noted that every location has a different status so you can't stick a snowman at the mouth of the canyon with a smile or a frown and a gauge to tell everyone whether the canyon is safe or not. One person observed, "If your skiing buddy is telling you all these stories about avalance near misses, you should question if maybe you should be with someone else."

    One extreme downhill skier had a great advice for avalanches, "I point my skies downhill and outrun them." (Good idea for him, bad idea for the normal people.)