avalanche comes from a big mountain
Danger is inevitable, and it's ultimately up to each individual to decide how much exposure they can handle. (Photo: Lysogor/iStock/Getty)
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What Surviving an Avalanche Can Teach You About Risk

avalanche comes from a big mountain

Over two decades of ambitious adventures, elite skier and climber Zahan Billimoria has had some very close calls in the mountains. That doesn’t make him unique. What does is his passionate belief that we all have a lot to learn about the true meaning of risk. As the founder of Samsara Experience, a training program for outdoor athletes, he’s developed an approach to safety that instills a crucial caveat: danger is inevitable, and it’s ultimately up to each individual to decide how much exposure they can handle.


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