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To the Editor.—
The cover illustration of the Dec 9, 1974, JAMA also illustrates another aspect of the skiing safety problem.Although it is apparently spring-time in the Rockies at Arapahoe, the practice of climbing the corniced leeward aspect of a ridge is risky at any time of the ski season.The problem of avalanche hazard has become increasingly great, not only involving skiers, but also snowshoers and hikers, as more people take to the mountains in the winter-time. Since the majority of avalanche incidents involving entrapment or injury are most often precipitated by the people involved, it is well to avoid any action that may increase the possibility of triggering an avalanche, such as that depicted in the cover illustration.
Kerns TF. Ski Injuries. JAMA. 1975;232(4):347. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250040007006