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New York Times: Snow Fall

Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek 

You probably read with horror about the avalanche that killed 3 out of 13 skiers near Steven’s Pass in Washington last year. The New York Times’s, John Branch, writes a complete account of the tragic incident through the eyes of those involved and loved ones left behind. It is beautifully pieced together, though the question looms-is it worth it? Whether you ski in the backcountry, have friends who do, or want to learn something about a very real event that affected many throughout the ski industry, please take a look.

Moving to a ski town from a world where backcountry skiing did not exist, the fear of avalanches is very new to me. I recently took an introductory class through SheJumps with Kelli Rohrig of White Room Adventures, which gave me a day’s worth of overview information. I learned the very basics of snow science, different causes of avalanches, different snow types, basic terminology, and the most efficient ways to use my gear. It was eye-opening and it scared me to death. Avalanches are a very real threat to those of us who venture out into the mountains that surround us, whether it is alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, or even snow-shoeing. No matter how great of a skier you are at the resort, take the time to learn about the terrain around you, your equipment, and what to do when the shit hits the fan. Knowledge, not ski ability, will save your own and your partners’ lives.

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USA Olympic Women: Making CO Proud

It has been a hard year so far for Colorado.

The lack of snow this winter meant a hard economy with tourists opting out of ski vacations with no snow. The lack of snow also created a weak foundation in the backcountry causing 7 total avalanche deaths in the state. The lack of moisture created a dry climate with a record heat wave throughout the state, causing rampant wildfires destroying over 165,000 acres of land and over 700 homes. Aside from Mother Nature’s power, human evil took on a new face when a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater at the premier of “The Dark Knight” in Aurora, CO, killing 12 people and injuring 58.

I made Colorado my new home because of its beauty, its bountiful wilderness that I could explore, its majestic mountains that I could ski down and climb up, its endless physical challenges in my active life, its progressive view (in many areas of the state) on human quality of life. When I arrived, I knew it was where I belonged. And every problem we face as a state, affects me personally. However so does every light that comes from it.

You may have heard that the Olympics are going on right now in London. As a fan of people excelling in an active lifestyle, especially women, I am so proud of those that are representing our state and our country in what they do best.

Missy Franklin, a 17 year old high school student from Aurora, CO, recently won the gold in the 100-meter backstroke. Just minutes after swimming in the semis for the 200-meter backstroke, she was able to warm down at the diving pool, then head straight into the race. Shaken after hearing about the tragic shootings in her hometown, she managed to push emotions aside and concentrate on her time in the water.

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Emma Coburn, I’m proud to say is a Crested Butte native. Growing up as an active skibumette, she once was a downhill ski racer before she moved to dry land. Now a student and queen of the track at University of Colorado, the lovely Coburn made her home state proud by winning the Olympic trial’s Steeplechase. She will be running the 3,000-meter Steeplechase preliminaries on August 4, making her Olympic debut.

Women’s Gymnastics

And maybe they aren’t from Colorado, but these beautiful badass flying women that make up the US Women’s Gymnastics team were simply too extraordinary to watch not to post. Making their country and women everywhere proud, these women teamed up to win the gold for the first time in 16 years. They each got stronger over each event as they nailed the mats with confidence and power. Showing that women can both be feminine and strong, these gorgeous ladies are making history.

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