Feb 26, 2021
A 22-year veteran avalanche forecaster for the Utah Avalanche
Center, Drew Hardesty doesn’t simply give the avalanche forecast
for the greater Wasatch. He tells the snowpack’s story. He’s part
scientist, part philosopher. Part skier, part poet. What other
forecaster might relate a scene from Cormac McCarthy’s book The
Crossing to a blown avalanche forecast? How many snow
scientists were Naval Intelligence officers during Desert Storm or
have received a federal Valor Award for aiding 17 lightning strike
victims on the Grand Teton? Drew’s life experiences allow him to
see the snow through different eyes.
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