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-- high avalanche warnings in place in out west as the killer snow collapses are taking lives at an alarming rate this season.
And we're not talking about these remote back country areas we're talking about Maine ski slopes and extremely popular ski resorts that are getting buried.
In these killer collapses.
Leaving skiers and snowboarders in greater danger in places than ever before take a look at the numbers sixteen people have been killed by avalanches this season alone.
At least three of those were inside the boundaries of these ski resorts normally considered safe patent.
-- Brooklyn as a scientist for the Napa national avalanche center and he joins me now by phone -- good morning to you.
I know that this is happening I know last year with an alarming year and this year isn't what is as well.
What exactly is it about the conditions out west that is leading to these -- not just from left.
Helicopter skiing and so on but by regular old folks skiing within the bounds.
Well we have.
Early -- conditions that gave us.
You know we had we had certain late early season snow fall.
And also some warm weather so we ended up with some.
Sure he's now and some ice crest in the basis -- packet that was followed up with some very large storms.
Overloaded as weaker layers and enlisted those avalanche conditions leaders.
That they released agenda and he was oh.
We've got last month.
Three skiers were killed inbounds at California squaw valley Utah snowbird.
In Jackson Hole Wyoming even that even the world class all the Telluride and bail.
Have had flies it attracts skiers I mean if they'd be watching the show and they're -- they know these mountains.
Big big big probably -- these bolts.
What what are you supposed to do to protect yourself when you're skiing in balance.
And an avalanche starts.
Well when you're skiing and down really the the danger of getting cut an avalanche is extremely extremely low.
We have had these three recent accidents.
-- inbound you know the ski areas that are this avalanche control team to go out with explosives.
And take care the avalanche conditions before.
Before they allow the public on the slopes.
You know but it is like any other natural hazard.
You know we we.
It's it's a very complex natural hazard and so we although we can lowers the risk almost zero we can't completely eliminate the risk and so.
We do you have a Mac that.
I think there it is there it is a low risk having forty to sixty million skiers are skiing over these trails and we volleying you know had sixteen.
Deaths this year but sixteen too many according anybody's standards I should point out -- the past thirty years they've only been ten inbound fatalities and and three happen this year so.
You know what's the answer to should everybody be skiing with these begins these you know you can locate her so if you get caught one of these you're more easily found.
You know inside the ski area.
I'm I'm really not concerned I I take -- I've got a seven year old a nine year old daughter and we just skiing.
Every weekend and we up and go an avalanche strain inside ski areas and and I'm really not worried about it I mean that the risk.
Of dying in an avalanche inside ski areas is is just that low.
Right the contract is for those people who are worried what can they do.
-- -- So this year a no of course is a completely different business and that's where.
No we -- tell people that they need to be carrying things like avalanche rescue -- yours.
They need to travel with a partner.
And and so I guess for people that are are concerned you know they could use more of those same sort protocols that we use.
In the back country the -- and you know inside the ski area.
Not really big.
Big deal that outside the scary you know people need to be doing things like calling your avalanche advisory monitoring the conditions and carrying appropriate rescue gear traveling with partner.
Got it Karl thanks so much we appreciate it --
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