Telluride's Rob Klimek Talks About Surviving an Avalanche
- Had a partner and was carrying a beacon, probe, and shovel.
- Avalanches generally are caused by a bed surface, a weak layer, and a cohesive slab of snow on a steep slope. In this case, all three were probably easily identifiable.
- Skiers love premier slopes, but most of them happen to be steep enough to avalanche under the right conditions--many people don't realize how fragile they are or how much work goes into keeping them safe.
- When skiing in avalanche terrain, people must ski one at a time, from "safe spot" to "safe spot." It sounds like Rob's friend skied on top of him, triggering the avalanche.
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