Avalanche education now focusing on making better decisions

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In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, instructor Dave Jordan demonstrates the use of an avalanche scanner, right, to find an avalanche transmitter, left, as he teaches an avalanche safety course on Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state. Where backcountry safety education once stressed the mechanics of avalanches and snow science, training courses now incorporate a focus on human factors such as how to make better decisions, manage group dynamics and speak up should danger arise. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)