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Last winter, 35 Americans died in backcountry avalanches, the most ever on record. This year's avalanche season is no less worrisome: in a span of just two weeks this winter, avalanches killed 14 skiers in British Columbia. As McKenzie Funk writes in "After the Slides" (April 2003 Adventure read excerpt), "In the arithmetic of disaster, one avalanche is a tragedybut two is a pattern."
What can be learned from this year's tragic avalanche season?
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