Once Upon An Avalanche

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An avalanche almost exactly the length and width of the one I triggered, and rode (successfully), back in 1995.

I was skiing right on the fracture line at the top of the slide when it cut loose (though the fracture line was right along the bottom of the rock outcrops rather than downslope about ten meters like it is in this picture).  If I had been even a few feet lower when the fracture line formed (and separated), I would almost certainly have died of suffocation before being found.

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