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Video: Álvaro Penadés Triggers a Spring Avalanche in the Pyrenees

Editor's Note: TGR understands the inherent risks with winter backcountry activity and urges anyone going out to have the proper knowledge, equipment, a partner, and a plan. For more information on how to stay safe in the backcountry, check out TGR’s annual Safety Week series.

Avalanche conditions in the Pyrenees are looking pretty hairy, at least based on this recent Instagram post by Álvaro Penadés. The video shows Penadés triggering two sizable slabs via cross-slope ski-cuts. He manages to avoid being caught in either slide, but the first clip seems like a close call, especially had the slide triggered above him.

Related: Bene Mayr Outskis an Avalanche

As Penadés mentions in his caption, the conditions were dangerous, but manageable by one well-versed in dealing with complicated avalanche terrain. That being said, anyone planning on skiing the Pyrenees should take note of what appears to be a highly-faceted snowpack. For more information on avalanche conditions in the region, see the bulletin put out by the European Avalanche Warning Services.

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