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Tess Lewison with the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation comes through the super-G gates on Hangman’s during the recent Lone Peak Speed Series. PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

Students of speed

It’s the second day of “speed camp” and Jeremy Ueland is the designated “dye guy.” He skis off the Ramcharger lift with a plastic tank and a spray wand like the kind you use to zap daffodils and other weeds on your lawn. 

Avalanche expert Tom Thorn started ski patrolling in Big Sky in 1997. This year, he left ski patrol to focus on sharing his avalanche safety knowledge with the backcountry community.

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In his 20 years of ski patrolling at Big Sky Resort and skiing in the backcountry, Tom Thorn has seen his fair share of avalanches. But one harrowing event remains fresh in his memory—when his partner was fully buried in a massive slide while doing avalanche control at Big Sky Resort in December 2003.

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