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Ski Checking

Also: Test Skiing, Ski Cutting, Test Slopes

An attempt to release avalanches on selected small test slopes by skiing across the normal fracture zones high on the slope. The skier keeps some momentum and moves from one safe spot to another one on the other side. A partner should be watching and test slopes should be chosen carefully with regard to potential consequences.

Ski patrollers do this frequently and sometimes get caught and even buried. But they work on established routes and slopes, and they travel in pairs with each person being experienced, so injuries are rare.

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