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Watch Tamarack crew use explosives for avalanche prevention

Tamarack Resort received 11 inches of snow in less than 36 hours beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday. That prompted the ski patrol to do some avalanche control Friday morning.

In the video above, you can watch as the crew uses explosives to defuse some hazardous situations.

“Our team does avalanche control daily during storm cycles, and we have a permit with the ATF to use explosives in our higher-hazard areas,” Tamarack general manager Brad Larsen said in an email. “The video from this morning is along the north ridge of our summit, which builds a significant cornice due to wind loading.”

A cornice is an overhanging mass of hardened snow at a mountain edge.