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Donation keeps avalanche center open

Updated: April 13, 2011, 1:45 PM ET
By Megan Michelson | ESPN Action Sports

Earlier this month, the Utah Avalanche Center made plans to close for the season. Though they usually close in mid-April, they were shutting their doors early this year due to a lack of funding, caused as a result of higher than average snowfall, cost increases and a decrease in funding.

Avalanche centers are non-profit institutions that isssue forecasting and avalanche safety predictions to backcountry users, ski resorts, road and transportation organizations and local ...

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