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February 14, 2020

Avalanche courses for women seek to bridge gender gap

Flathead Beacon

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Madison Browning, left, and Sarah Schmidt practice their digging speed and technique during a ladies Level 1 avalanche course at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

KALISPELL, Mont. — As Sarah Schmidt skinned beyond the boundary line of White Pass Ski Area in Washington with her two friends, they stopped at the peak that overlooked Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier on an unusually clear January day.

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