For winter recreationists like me, powder skiing — which at its best feels like flying — is the ultimate dopamine high. Others pushed the envelope, and while most got away with it, 36 people went from the euphoria of a powder run to the terror of being caught in an avalanche. “We so well understand the rewards of powder skiing, but we as humans fail to grasp the consequences,” says Drew Hardesty, a forecaster for the Utah Avalanche Center. “The subconscious mind does not know death… and on a visceral plane, it remains this esoteric concept… But who among us has experienced the absolute joy and ecstasy of a powder run? No powder turn is worth the pain we would cause them by dying in an avalanche, and on a deep level we all know that.