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Avalanche Cycle of 2018-19 Under the Microscope
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Ben VandenBos checks the avalanche risk at Titus. COURTESY: Sawtooth Avalanche Center
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

This year’s snow may have been fairly light so far. But a lot of people are wondering if we will see a repeat of last year when suddenly we got buried and avalanches slid a little too close to home, sliding into homes in Lake Creek, Warm Springs and East Fork canyons.

Sawtooth Avalanche Center forecaster Ben VandenBos will describe the conditions that led up to that widespread deep slab avalanche cycle during the winter of 2018-19 on Wednesday as part of the center’s Digging Deeper series.

He will tell about his efforts to document the avalanches that occurred and how he managed the hazard presented by the deep slab problem in his personal skiing.

The free presentation—part of a series—will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at The Elephant’s Perch in Ketchum.

The Digging Deeper series is aimed at sharpening the most important tool in your shed—your brain—when it comes to understanding the information in the avalanche forecast and acting on it, said Amy David.

“These have been a big hit!” she added.


 

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