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Difference Maker Shan Sethna teaches avalanche awareness to make backcountry skiing safer

A growing numbers of skiers in Colorado want to try backcountry skiing, away from the groomed and patrolled trails. Shan Sethna's classes help newcomers learn about avalanche dangers.

By Emily Palm/ Contributor / January 24, 2012

Emily Palm

The wind howls and the temperature plummets to hypothermic levels. Despite the frigid conditions, Shan Sethna is digging a pit in the snow.