When you’ve dug a body or two out of debris, avalanches no longer become academic. They become…the best word I can use is…sobering. Very, very sobering.
But I won’t nag. I’ll just recommend that you buy and commit to memory the lessons of Snow Sense, a short, phenomenally insightful book about saying alive in avalanche country. It’s cheaper than an airbag pack and more useful, too.