Massive avalanche in Aspen captured on camera

calderacreatPublished: June 12, 2017219,137 viewsVirality: 2%
Published: June 12, 2017

Originally founded as a mining camp during the Silver Boom in Colorado in the mid 1800s, Aspen is now the most elite winter resort and the most popular tourist attraction in the United States. The four ski areas around the town of Aspen get an average of 176 inches of snow per year.

In order to control the amount of snowfall on the ski terrains, as well as to reduce the risk of naturally-occurring avalanches, the authorities use strategically placed fuel-air explosives that generate an air blast strong enough to initiate a slide in controlled environment.

This footage was shot by a tourist in Aspen during one of those detonations, showing the amazing way the powder falls and settles, minimizing the risk of a naturally occurring avalanche. Awesome!

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