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Avalanche training goes on despite low snowfall

10:32 PM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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"This speeds up the rescue process significantly," Kelble said. 

They are using a rare avalanche receiver. It's the first in Colorado to find people with avalanche beacons when they get covered in a slide.

"We cannot use this unless you have an avalanche beacon on," Kelble said.

Breckenridge Weather Watcher Rick Bly has been recording the worst snow year ever at this point in the snow season.

"We are about at rock bottom for the records I have," Bly said.

By this time 30 years ago, the Breckenridge area had only seen about 14 inches of snow, which is more than the area has seen so far this year in October and November.

"We have 12 inches and we should have 32 for this time just to be average," Bly said.

While this warm, dry winter means the Flight for Life crew is blowing a lot more grass around than snow, during their avalanche training they can still use that new long range avalanche receiver.

"We have a range of 150 meters, 300 feet and that's what we can do in one pass," Kelble said.

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