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  • every winter, there are thousands of avalanches in the US state of Colorado.

  • It's considered the most dangerous state for these disasters, and most of them happen during snowstorms or right afterward, according to the National Weather Service.

  • The risk is much higher in the back country than it is at popular ski areas, but rescue teams have a number of methods to lower that risk.

  • Avalanches occur when unstable layers of snow on a sloped surface are disturbed.

  • You need three things for an avalanche to happen, right, you need a slope angle and you need snow on it.

  • And then we need a trigger.

  • So a trigger could be a skier and it could be a bomb.

  • So it's 6 30 in the morning and we're going out with ski patrol this morning.

  • We're gonna be doing avalanche mitigation with the helicopter assist, so what we'll be doing is we'll be taking two teams up to the top of my right peak with explosives.

  • If we can initiate an avalanche, then we're not going to be taken by surprise.

  • Mom, I'm putting on sunscreen.

  • Yeah, Helicopter day is a It's a fun day.

  • We don't do many of them.

  • Are you worried at all about your own apple interest?

  • And you're doing this kind of work?

  • Yeah.

  • You're throwing bombs in avalanche terrain, so just be ready.

  • Like, have your buff ready.

  • Don't have anything like they can fly away.

  • You can.

  • You can?

  • Yeah.

  • Why don't you huddle down right here with us?

  • Palmira peak.

  • Where they're gonna be landing is essentially an area of about maybe 30 square feet down.

  • You want to actually be able to park up there?

  • You just kind of jump out.

  • That's right.

  • Mhm.

  • Mhm.

  • Mhm, Mhm, Mhm.

  • We're going to get back on the snowmobiles.

  • You guys want to boogie?

  • Yeah.

  • All right.

  • Yeah.

  • Alison, those are five pounders right there.

  • Yeah.

  • Mhm.

  • Yeah.

  • Oh, they're fine.

  • We try to make sure that if there's gonna be a slide on the mountain, it's initiated by ski patrol and not by the public is the key.

  • You know, to make sure that we're initiating avalanche when there's no one underneath it.

  • And when we can control the environment and we know what's going on and we're not blindsided by natural avalanche.

  • So the back country area where we are is all national Forest land.

  • And essentially, we don't do anything in the back country.

  • Um, so skiers that go outside of our backcountry access gates, they're doing it on their own public lands and on their own accord.

  • And it's get in yourself and get out yourself.

  • Avalanches in the back country that involved people getting buried don't often have great outcomes.

  • We just made it up to one of the highest point on the mountain and Telluride.

  • We're at a place called High Camp, and this is where we're going to meet up with Gary and Kim.

  • They're a married couple who have an Avalanche dog named Lady be.

  • We're gonna go out with them for some of their training, get a sense of what it takes for an Avalanche dog to get out there and actually rescue someone.

  • Gary and Kim Rashard run the nonprofit Telluride Avalanche dogs.

  • They say dogs are the best rescuers after an avalanche because they can sniff out people buried in snow and find them more quickly than human rescuers.

  • Gary and Kim's Avalanche dog, Lady B, has been on the job for nine years, ever since she was a puppy, kind of the calm before the storm.

  • And once she gets wind of either radio call or her harness being jiggled or something, she goes nuts.

  • We're gonna hide down and hold, and then Gary and Lady, you're gonna find us and then rescue us.

  • Okay?

  • Yeah.

  • Uh huh.

  • There we go.

  • Great.

  • And the dog is your best friend.

  • There are only, you know, one of our only means of finding you.

every winter, there are thousands of avalanches in the US state of Colorado.

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