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Morning photo: Avalanche control at Breckenridge

The wind giveth and the wind taketh away …

Wind-transported snow can be a magical dream or a nightmare.

Story and photos by Matt Krane

*For more info on avalanches, snow science and avalanche safety, attend one of the upcoming public Breckenridge Ski Patrol info sessions, the third Thursday of each month (Feb. 16, March 15, and April 19) at the Ten Mile Room in The Village at Breckenridge.

SUMMIT COUNTY — One of the most superb skiing experiences at Breckenridge has always been the velvety flat, steep ‘windblown’ surface that often develops during post-storm wind cycles. It’s developing right now in Horseshoe Bowl, but to put things in perspective, less than a week ago the T-bar was not yet open to the public.

A fracture line is visible on classic convex avalanche from lower Peak 7 terrain, groomed snow in foreground.

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