Switzerland: The Last Race

The Swiss Alps above St. Moritz were still white with the hard-packed snows of winter, and here and there April showers had laid a blanket of fresh, wet snow on top. To the casual eye, it was beautiful. But the beauty was lost on officials at the Institute for Snow Research and Avalanches in Davos. Tests indicated that the new snow was not binding with the old. And when warm weather followed last week, and the snow began to melt, the warning flashed out quickly: "Lawine [Avalanche]!"

Danger never bothered Wallace ("Bud") Werner. He did not deliberately tempt it; for...

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