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Avalanches: What to Look For, What to Avoid

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A slab avalanche is triggered by a snowmobile

KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with Durango-based avalanche instructor and backcountry guide Michael Ackerman about how to stay safe in avalanche country, and how this avalanche season compares to others so far. 

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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