My heart aches too much to articulate my thoughts and feelings about this 18,000-word feature on a story so close to me. But you, the powder skier, should read it. Make your friends and loved ones read it. Because, despite the group’s collective ski and avalanche safety experience, we lost three tremendous friends. If you’re a passionate skier and like to venture out to the backcountry, please educate yourself with an avalanche awareness class of some kind. It could save your life and those close to your soul. My heart goes out to the friends and families of Johnny Brenan, Jim Jack, and Chris Rudolph.

“Snow Fall” by John Branch (@JohnBranchNYT) of The New York Times. Read it here.

The print edition of the story will be available in a special section of the Sunday New York Times.