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Use The A.L.P.T.R.U.T.H. System To Make Sure Your Next Line is Safe

Editor's Note: Welcome to Teton Gravity Research's Safety Week! We've dedicated this entire week to backcountry safety content. Stay tuned for insights from how top TGR pros keep it between the lines in the biggest mountains.

Zahan Billimoria from Exum Mountain Guides, and a regular guide for TGR and instructor at our annual International Pro Riders' Workshop, breaks down the acronym-based system for deciding whether or not the backcountry run you're about to drop is a safe option: A.L.P.T.R.U.T.H. 

Stay as safe as the TGR pros do by keeping an eye on our entire lineup of Safety Week content.

A bit of a backcountry gut check, ALPTRUTH forces you to go through a simple mental checklist that accounts for things like recent snow, wind, and the path you're about to take.  0, 1 or 2 of the obvious signs? Employ normal caution. 3 or 4 obvious signs? Employ extreme caution. 5, 6 or 7 obvious signs? Not recommended. 

Try it on for your next outing, and then check out Atomic's MTN Academy to test your knowledge base in the backcountry and educate yourself further.

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Aspen Avalanche Could be a ‘300-year event’
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Aspen Avalanche Could be a ‘300-year event’

Aspen Avalanche Could be a ‘300-year event’

The mile-wide avalanche that happened in Aspen Highlands on March 9th certainly felt out of the norm. It was a nightmare that released naturally, charging over 3000 feet and destroying trees like toothpicks as it piled into the Conundrum Creek Valley. RELATED: Colorado’s Red Mountain Pass to Close Indefinitely Because of Avalanches Turns out local experts speculate it to be a 300-year event. According to the Vail Daily, Art Mears, an engineer from Gunnison, has been taking a closer look into

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Video: Skier Nearly Smokes Jerry at Mach 4

We'll start with a quick refresh on skiing etiquette: Downhill skiers have the right of way. Yes, it's super annoying when you're arcing some turns down a groomer and all of a sudden rental-boots-over-jeans-guy makes an erratic 90+ degree swerve into your fall line. However, it's still your responsibility to avoid crashing into him. Related: Man Survives for Weeks on Saltine Sandwiches Why didn't the cameraman spot his buddy's landing? Nuking into a seemingly-blind air on a busy groomer is

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Throwback: The Longest Ski Jump in History
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Throwback: The Longest Ski Jump in History

Throwback: The Longest Ski Jump in History

In terms of humans flying through the air at high velocity with little to nothing in the way of safety equipment, ski jumping is unparalleled. Soaring above massive hills at highway speed, these fearless athletes make mere 100-foot gaps like Chad's seem almost mundane. Yes, they aren't flipping or spinning, but they also don't have the benefit of a soft landing.  Related: Ski BASE Has Returned to Jackson's Cody Peak Technically, a jump done on a hill on this size is classified as "ski