The winter that never was

This fall, ESPN is putting out a thoughtful six-part series on avalanches, avalanche fatalities, education and the lure of the backcountry. This week’s instalment is a good read about the rise in avalanche deaths over the last thirty years. Backcountry use has grown exponentially, and people are riding bigger and bigger lines. Make sure you’re avalanche educated before you venture into avalanche terrain, and be willing to turn back or change plans if conditions warrant it.

In this video Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Center calls last season “the winter that never was” and explains the riskiness of the backcountry.