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AVALANCHE DANGER

Avalanches already kill more people on National Forest lands than any other natural hazard, and this winter has been especially brutal. However, there are steps recreationists can take to ensure they are as safe as possible while still enjoying the outdoors during winter.

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1. Steep terrain, such as this slope in the Absaroka Mountains as seen from an airplane, has the potential for avalanche danger.

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2. A fresh blanket of snow coats the mountains near Gardiner in January. 

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3. Steep terrain, such as this slope in the Absaroka Mountains as viewed from an airplane, have the potential for avalanche danger.

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4. The aftermath of an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies is shown in this photo from June 2, 2007.

Photo courtesy of Richard Giddins

5.  Snow cascades down a slope during an avalanche in 2010.

Photo courtesy of Richard Giddins