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Feb. 27, 2023: Backcountry skier’s avalanche survival story; Poetry as a catalyst for change

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49min 44sec
Scott Benge Backcountry Skier Avalanche
Courtesy Kane Scheidegger
Scott Benge from Telluride skiing on the day he was caught in an avalanche on New Year’s Eve near Ophir. The quick actions of his companion and other backcountry skiers saved his life.

A backcountry skier shares his harrowing story of surviving an avalanche and reflects on choices. Then, the Pikes Peak poet laureate uses poetry as a catalyst for connection and to foster change. Later, as Black History Month comes to an end, we share the story of Shirley Smith, whose book is "Mama Bear: One Black Mother's Fight for her Child's Life and her Own."