Ken Wylie

Fritz Sperry has been backcountry skiing for 35 years and co-launched a Facebook group called “The Avalanche Room” to increase backcountry safety and avalanche education. PHOTO COURTESY OF FRITZ SPERRY

Grit and glory

Playing in backcountry powder often feels like connecting to the primal rhythm of the wilderness. At its greatest, it can even become an emotional and spiritual practice, according to avalanche survivor Ken Wylie, who is a writer, speaker, guide and human factor risk management specialist.

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