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Step Inside the World’s Most Advanced Avalanche Research Lab

Switzerland is one of the deadliest places on the planet when it comes to avalanches. Many of the country’s villages and roads lie beneath massive slide paths, and when it snows, big white walls of snow start moving. These days, those dangers are elevated thanks to a warming climate, and the team of scientists and avalanche forecasters at the WSL institute for Snow and Avalanche Research are figuring out how and why it affects mountain communities.

RELATED: Colorado's Snowpack is 539% of Average

In the short film Mountain Fever, learn about the day-to-day-lives of these mountain ninjas and take a look at the futuristic equipment they use to measure massive slides. Their research includes everything from observing real avalanches in order to create detailed 3D models, to measuring permafrost levels in the high mountains, to CT-scanning snow samples from as far away as Greenland. It’s used not just to help backcountry skiers and snowboarders but also to help engineers and planners decide whether new structures are safe. Turns out that safe zones are ever-evolving as avalanches get bigger and more dangerous.

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Jeremy Jones, Sage and Tommy Moe on the Importance of Family Skiing for Father’s Day
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Jeremy Jones, Sage and Tommy Moe on the Importance of Family Skiing for Father’s Day

Jeremy Jones, Sage and Tommy Moe on the Importance of Family Skiing for Father’s Day

There might be no greater joy in life than skiing/snowboarding with your family and passing on the love of riding to a new generation. And, chances are pretty high if you enjoy sliding down frozen water, your old man is the one who taught you how to do that. So call your dad today and tell him thanks: Without him, none of this would be possible.

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Owen Leeper Finds a Tight Colorado Couloir
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Owen Leeper Finds a Tight Colorado Couloir

Owen Leeper Finds a Tight Colorado Couloir

Even as June slips away, Colorado's alpine snowpack is still solid. As a case in point, Owen Leeper recently investigated some lines in and around Yankee Boy Basin in southern Colorado. Yankee Boy offers incredible late-season skiing, with noteworthy lines including the Snake Couloir on Mt. Sneffels and the couloirs off Stony Mountain. RELATED: RMNP Outhouse is the Coolest Place to Poo in the Backcountry Stony Mountain as seen from Yankee Boy Basin. Zack Skovron photo. Owen Leeper is known

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Technology is Allowing This Blind Racer to Ski Alone
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Technology is Allowing This Blind Racer to Ski Alone

Technology is Allowing This Blind Racer to Ski Alone

Noemi Ristau is a German ski racer with Stargardt disease, a disease which has progressively impaired her vision. As Paralympic skier, she normally trains and races with a spotter who skis in front of her and directs her via a headset. That might be changing, though: As a commercial stunt to advertise their new 5G network, Vodafone decided to help Noemi ski without a spotter in close proximity. They strapped a cellphone to her head which livestreams her "view" to her spotter, sitting at the