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Snowboarders escaped monster avalanche, but not the law

This photo provided by Tyler DeWitt shows the site of an avalanche he and his friend Evan Hannibal are accused of triggering in Colorado near the Continental Divide, on March 25, 2020. The slide buried a service road and destroyed an expensive avalanche mitigation system. Hannibal, of Vail, and DeWitt, of Silverthorne, are scheduled to go to trial Thursday, March 25, 2021, on misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment. (Tyler DeWitt via AP) LA331 LA331

Prosecutors in Colorado are criminally charging two snowboarders and seeking $168,000 in damages in a rare case some worry could deter other backcountry skiers and snowboarders from coming forward to report avalanches. VIEW

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