Helicopter Avalanche Control Brings Complaints

Helicopter Avalanche Control Brings Complaints

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U-S Forest Service is reviewing a helicopter skiing company's use of explosives on backcountry slopes.

Complaints from backcountry skiers prompted the action. The skiers say explosives dropped from helicopters by Wasatch Powderbird Guides were triggering slides that took out mature trees. And they say the control work was done in areas where the company had no business operating.

The company says the avalanche work was justified by the recent dangerous conditions in the central Wasatch Mountains. Also they say the company was being blamed for avalanches it did not trigger.

The Wasatch-Cache National Forest's Salt Lake district will review the company's daily activity records.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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