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7 Ways Surface Hoar Contributes to Avalanches

Surface Hoar

I often refer to surface hoar as the enemy of backcountry skiers. Most avalanche deaths in the Columbia Mountains are caused by surface hoar. "Know thy enemy" is a saying to apply to surface hoar. This article helps you understand this beautiful but deadly crystal.   Surface hoar refers to a type of frost crystal that forms on the surface of s...

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