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Avalanche report finds snow season safest in a decade

By Lauren Maschmedt, KTVM Anchor, lmaschmedt@ktvm.com
Published On: Apr 15 2013 11:50:58 AM MDT
Updated On: Apr 15 2013 06:30:24 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

It's the first ski season in nearly a decade that no one's died from an avalanche in southwest Montana- that's according to a new report issued by the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

The report states this season, which just wrapped up, was one of the best in over 20 years.

It points to the rare combination of heavy snowfall, great stability- and even though 31 people were involved in a total 27 avalanches- no one died.

And, the number of avalanches this year was half the number of last season.

The GNFAC said the great season was a combination of snowpack conditions, and pure luck.

The center said they put heavy focus on avalanche education this season. Nearly 3,500 people filled over 60 classes to learn how to keep themselves safe.

Click here to read the full End of Season Report by the GNFAC.