Utah Records 21″ of Snowfall This Past Weekend

It looks like it has finally snowed in Utah. Snow reports from this weekend have some resorts almost claiming two feet of fresh powder at Brain Head, Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton. Hopefully more is on the way! Inches recorded below:

Karen Fisher at Snowbird. PHOTO: Matt Crawley

Beaver Mountain: 8 inches

Brian Head Resort: 21 inches

Brighton Resort: 17 inches

Cherry Peak: 8 inches

Deer Valley Resort: 15 inches

Park City: 17 inches

Powder Mountain: 15 inches

Snowbasin Resort: 11 inches

Snowbird: 21 inches

Solitude: 18 inches

Sundance: 9 inches

Weather Update: Winter Storm Hunter Bringing Snow Across United States

Winter Storm Hunter looks to be sweeping from the West to the East and leaving a mix of snow, ice, and rain in it’s wake this week. And for those of you not in Japan right now, you can rejoice that snow is on its way (or already here). California’s Mammoth Mountain and Bear have been reporting new snowfall, as well as Mt. Bachelor and Hood. The storm is being reported as a two part front that will bring a change in weather over the course of the next few days. While rain has already swept across a large portion of the Lower 48, the second system is said to bring colder temps with Colorado seeing up to 12 inches in the next 24 hours.

Map: The Weather Channel

According to the Weather Channel, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa could see blizzard conditions Wednesday into Thursday, and so will the East (Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and more) as the storm moves later in the week. Check back soon for more updates right here on TransWorld SNOWboarding!

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Proof: It’s Dumping in Hokkaido, Japan

Cue the feelings of FOMO. While we’ve had a rather slow start to the season in many parts of Northern America, Japan is enjoying bountiful snow, and epic conditions.

The Hokkaido Backcountry Club, which aims to provide mountain recreation while advocating for expanded backcountry access and safety in Japan, posted a video of it absolutely nuking in Hokkaido, Japan.

The post for the video which you can see above said: “They said on the news last night that Japan is going to experience a heavy snow cold La Niña winter. Conditions so far? “All time” does not do it justice.

With that much snow stacked up, it’s high time to start looking into booking tickets and locking down for your travel plans to the land of the rising sun, and puking powder.

Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to Snowboarding in Japan here.

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Over Six Feet of New Snow at Mammoth and it’s Still Dumping

Weather News: Storm at Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth’s season is off and running and Mother Nature is blessing the California resort with a sweet, deep storm.

It started dumping at Mammoth Mountain on Wednesday and the storm shows no signs of slowing.

The resort is claiming that there is currently six feet of fresh snow at the summit, over a two and half  feet at the Main Lodge, and more snow is in the forecast.

According to reports, flakes continue to fall, an another 18″ is excepted by the time the storm ceases.

All of this snow will allow Mammoth to open from top-to-bottom, once crews are able to safely open the terrain. Our friends at Mammoth say that is likely to happen by this weekend.

Storm Highlights:
-2.5 feet of fresh snow at Mammoth
-Up to 4 feet by the time the storm is done
-More lifts and trails will open for the weekend, with top-to-bottom skiing & riding a good possibility
-Check CalTrans for up-to-date road conditions before travel in the mountains

Mammoth opened last week, and all this new snow is definitely welcomed and necessary for a deep base, and to boost top to bottom conditions.

Photo courtesy of: Peter Morning/Mammoth 

Check out all the action from Mammoth’s Opening Day here.

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Less than an Month until Mammoth Mountain’s Opening Day

Mammoth to Open November 9th

Resorts across at the United States and Canada are busy blowing as much snow in eager anticipation of opening day. Mother Nature has helped their efforts with a few early season storms, so we expect conditions to be prime at some resorts once they finally open for the season.

While not all resorts have set their opening day just yet, we’re happy to announce that Mammoth Mountain will open for the 2017-2018 season on Thursday, November 9th.

Will you be there? You know we will be.

Check out what went down last year, and get ready for a rowdy kickoff to winter.

Mammoth Opening Day 2016 Photo: TWSNOW

From Mammoth:

Get the 2017/18 season going with the traditional Broadway Express banner breakthrough and annual beer toast, take some turns and celebrate a new winter season with good times and good friends.

Event Schedule


      7 AM  Free coffee and hot cocoa at Broadway Express    

      7 AM  DJ at Broadway Express

      8:29 AM Countdown to kick off 2017/18

      8:30 AM #MammothsOpen! First chair and annual banner breakthrough at Broadway Express

      11 AM Beer toast

      11:30 AM Live music

      11:30-Closing – RIDING!

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Winter is Here! Arapahoe Basin to Open on Friday, October 13, 2017

Get Ready, the Season is Starting in Colorado

Who’s ready for the white ribbon of death? The winter season will officially kick off this Friday on October 13, 2017 at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado.

A-Basin has received several early season storms combined with snowmaking efforts, which has jump started their season.  Trails are looking prime, so the ski area in Colorado is ready get after it and open for the season.

Check out the official press release from A-Basin below. See you on the slopes.

ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo.  Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will open for the 2017-18 ski and snowboard season on Friday, October 13, 2017. The Black Mountain Express lift will start turning at 9:00 a.m., giving skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail. Arapahoe Basin is often one of the first ski areas to open in North America. A-Basin mountain operations will continue to make snow as weather permits with the goal of opening additional terrain.

“Mother Nature has been kind to the Basin,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer. “It’s exciting to kick off the ski season earlier than usual, and welcome winter back to Colorado.”

Skiers can get the best deal on early season lift tickets by purchasing online, in advance at tickets.arapahoebasin.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the mountain. Current lift ticket window pricing will run through December 15, 2017, with adult (ages 19-69) full-day tickets priced at $79, youth (ages 15-18) window tickets priced at $67 and child (ages 6-14) window tickets priced at $39. Children age 5 and under ski free every day of the season. Information about season passes and multi-day tickets can be found at ArapahoeBasin.com.

Skier services available starting opening day include ski and board rentals (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the Kids Center (for both kids and adults) and retail sales at Arapahoe Sports (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Snowsports value season private lessons are available starting opening day. Dining options at the mountain will include: breakfast at Legends Café from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; full lunch and après service in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill starting at 10:30 a.m.; lunch service at Black Mountain Lodge (mid-mountain) starting at 10:30 a.m. A-Basin Mug Club sales start opening day at 8:00 a.m. in Marnie’s Bar on the 2nd floor of the A-Frame; mugs are $45 and entitle the owner to beverage discounts in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill and a free beer to kick off the season. Mugs are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; limit one mug per customer and purchasers must be 21 years of age.

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First Avalanche Death of the Season Reported

Montana Avalanche Claims Life

It is with heavy hearts we bring you the news of the first avalanche fatality of the 2017-2018 winter season. Hayden Kennedy, a renowned climber and Colorado Native, was killed in an avalanche in Montana.

The event happened on the Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range in Montana on Saturday, 10/7.

According to the Post Independent, “Kennedy and his skiing partner Inge Perkins were skiing near Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range.” Reports claim the avalanche was triggered upon their approach.

Read on for the full report from: 

Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

Avalanche Incident Summary:

With an unbelievably heavy heart, we are sad to report there was avalanche fatality on Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range on Saturday. Two skiers were approaching the north couloir when they triggered the avalanche. Both were caught, one fully buried and one partial. The fully buried skier was recovered from the scene by Gallatin County Search and Rescue yesterday.

Alex and Doug went into the site yesterday and will be posting more details in the coming days.

Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion: 

Since Saturday night 6-10″ fell in the northern mountains and 3-6″ fell in the south. Ridgetop winds are westerly at 15-20 mph in the Bridger Range and are strong enough to drift snow and create wind slabs. Areas with the deepest snow, least amount of rocks, and most inviting skiing will be wind-loaded areas: gullies and higher elevation slopes. This presents a quandary because wind-loaded slopes are where someone could trigger an avalanche.

Avalanches are more easily triggering during a storm and soon after the snowfall and or wind-loading stops…today and tomorrow. Even small avalanches injure and kill. The sacred rules of backcountry travel are not loosened in October:

  • Carry rescue gear (beacon shovel and probe) along with other personal safety you normally carry mid-winter (i.e. helmet or airbag).
  • Only expose one person at a time in avalanche terrain, both heading up and sliding down.
  • Cracking and collapsing of the snow, most likely in wind drifts, are signs that slopes are unstable and could avalanche.

With snow on the ground, now is a good time to sharpen our minds and check our gear. Replace batteries in your beacon, recharge your airbag, make sure probe poles aren’t sticky, and shovel parts fit together smoothly. There are many avalanche education opportunities this fall, such as an avalanche workshop next Wednesday evening (October 11) at MSU.

Our thoughts go out to the victim’s family during this time. This is a sobering reminder to exercise extreme caution in the backcountry no matter what time of year it is.

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Photo: Friends of the Gallatin National Forest 

Dump Alert! Colorado Gets Hit With More Snow

Winter is Coming Hot

Another day, another early season snowstorm for the Rockies! Mother Nature unleashed more than just a dusting in Colorado, as many of the state’s resorts are reporting heavy snowfall. Steamboat seems to be the big winner of the storm and is reporting 19 inches.

Steamboat web cam

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland, who are in a race to be the first resorts to open for the season, both received 17 inches. This was a great addition to their already impressive bases and snowmaking efforts.

Arapahoe Basin web cam
Loveland web cam

This storm also caused one of the first snow-related road closures on I-70, as the slick, wet roads may have caught some people by surprise and caused numerous crashes, according to CDOT’s Twitter.

I70 Closure due to snow. Photo: cdot

This fall storm surely has wet our whistles for the season, and we couldn’t be more stoked to get out there. Keep it coming, Mother Nature.

There’s still time to get your season pass, check out these pass deals.

Approximate Snow Totals:
Steamboat: 19″
Loveland: 17″
Arapahoe Basin: 17″
Vail: 12″
Copper Mountain: 12″
Breck: 6″
Keystone: 4″
Winter Park: 4″

Aspen Snowmass: 4″
Ski Cooper: 2″

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Top Photo: Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Snowmass

Lost in the Backcountry: New Movie Tells the Tale of 8 Days of Survival in Sierras

A new movie that chronicles the survival of a former Olympic hockey player, who got lost while snowboarding in the backcountry, will debut in theaters on October 12th.

6 Below, Miracle on the Mountain, is a true story based on Eric LeMarque’s incredible tale of surviving 8 days in the backcountry of the High Sierras outside of Mammoth.

Check out the new trailer starring Josh Hartnett, Mira Sorvino, and Sarah Dumont above.

All we’re wondering is: Who plays Josh Harnett’s stunt double?

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First Snow at Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain – Fresh Snow Freak Out!

Mammoth Mountain in California is reporting their first flakes of the season. Mother Nature recently blanketed the resort with a fresh coat of white, and it’s remarkably more than a dusting.

The new snow fell on September 21st,  just a little over a month after Mammoth closed for the season on August 8, 2017. Last season marked Mammoth’s second longest winter on record. It was monumental. Over 7+ feet of snow fell in January alone, and the totals kept piling up, making it ones of the deepest seasons in recent memory.

Photo: @Mammothunbound — Rail fleet is ready and it looks like Mother Nature is too. 9.21.2017

This new snow may be a  great foreshadowing of what is potentially to come this season.

Check out Mammoth’s Monumental season here.

Want more fresh snow porn? Check out this Flake News.

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Top Photo: Peter Morning 

September Shredding in Alaska with Silverton Mountain Guides

It’s already going off in Alaska, and the Silverton Mountain Guides want to make sure we know it. They recently shared these photos from the first day of their fall season at their operation in the Tordrillo Mountains.

From Silverton Mountain Guides:

September 20, 2017—— The Silverton Mountain Guides Alaska heli crew made the first turns of the season after a series of potent early storms recently pounded Alaska.  The early season snowfall in Alaska has left a 12 foot base of snow at elevation, so the heli crew wasted no time firing up the chopper and skiing and snowboarding.  What they found was incredible deep powder and miles and miles of untracked snow.

The Silverton Mountain Guides Alaska Heli team took six runs on the first day of the season (September 19th) with each run steeper than the previous run as they discovered the snow was deep and stable.  Many people can understand spring fever but this team has snow fever. As soon as the snow hits the ground they are ready to tear it up as Silverton Mountain Guides passion for the mountains and snow is unmatched in its authenticity.
With the most heli terrain in Alaska, the Silverton Mountain Guides typically find new and amazing terrain each time they venture out and it’s deep out there right now, folks!

Silverton heli guides getting the goods:

Photos: Courtesy of Silverton Mountain Guides

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Flake News: First Snow Frenzy!

The first snows of the season are starting to ramp up and resorts all across North America are proudly showing off their first flakes. This time of year, thanks to the ubiquity of social media, we’re literally inundated with pictures of white fluff as soon as places get a fresh dusting.

Some of us are stuck in the sweltering heat of SoCal, so the sights of snow literally makes us salivate in eager excitement. We can’t stop thinking about the big dumps that will soon be unloading everywhere this approaching winter season.

We know you guys get just as stoked as we do for freshie snow pics, so we’ve got a grip of them from resorts who are already working on their base totals.

While opening day at most resorts is still over two months away, we’ll take what we can get snow-wise and hope these early season storms are an indicator of a deep winter to come.

Where will it snow this season? Check out this Winter Weather Prediction.

Flake News — September Snow

Great Divide Ski Area — Marysville, Montana 27″ on 9/16

Great Divide’s Facebook: “September 16 2017, Today was a powder day. With 24″ at the lodge and 27″ on top made for great summer skiing. Come see for yourself tomorrow the ticket office and rental shop will be open from 10am-5pm. Get you Season Pass, Half Price PassPorts and Season Lease equipment. See you on the snow..

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

@mtbachelor Mother Nature sure knows how to throw a good change-up!Photo taken: 9/19/17 — Good reminder to get your season pass before prices go up! 
#mtbachelor #mtbachelorstoked #winteriscoming

Mission Ridge, Washington

@missionridge Welcome back my old friend… #whoisreadyforwinter #missionridge #firstsnow

Mt. Baker, Washington

Mt. Baker Facebook: First snow of the season!!! Passes are on sale now. We’ll see you on the mountain soon!

Crystal Mountain, Washington

@crystalmountain First glimpse of winter! Who’s ready?

Whistler/Blackcomb, Whistler, Canada

@whistlerblackcomb Waking up to a dusting of snow, that’s the kind of Monday morning we like. |Photo: @austinling Sept. 18, bottom of Catskinner Chair, Blackcomb Mountain

Sun Valley, ID

Grand Targhee, WY

@grandtargheeresort Fall in the Tetons. We’re starting to get excited for winter around here!

Jackson Hole, WY

@jacksonhole It’s looking a lot like winter at the top Photo: @lookatook#winteriscoming #jhdreaming#jacksonhole

Big Sky, Montana

@bigskyresort Welcome snow! #BigSkyResort #LiveBig Photo: @skylabmediahouse

Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

@aspensnowmass First snowman of the year at Snowmass. Snow up on top of Elk Camp today and the Elk Camp Gondola and chair are open for sightseeing today and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm! (?: @jswansonphoto )

Snowbird, UT

Still time to scoop up your season pass, here.


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Futuristic Transportation Could Eliminate Resort Traffic on I-70 Corridor

Resort traffic on the I-70 corridor in the Front Range of Colorado could be a thing of the past, if selected for a new hypothetical transportation system, Hyperloop One. Recently, it was announced that the Rocky Mountain Hyperloop team was selected as one of the 10 finalists of The Hyperloop One Global Challenge, which is working towards creating this form of transportation at the winning location.

This futuristic tube transportation would run parallel from I-70 connecting Denver to Vail, and on I-25 connecting Colorado Springs to Cheyenne, Wyoming. According to the proposed travel times, the commute between Denver and Vail would only be 9 minutes.

From Hyperloop:
Colorado’s population growth and emerging industry sectors would benefit immensely from a Hyperloop connection along the Front Range. A high-speed link would be beneficial for the state’s tourism industry, link high value-added sectors such as biotechnology, technology and aerospace, and help alleviate intercity congestion.
• Denver – Greeley: 64km, 6 min
• Denver – Fort Collins: 129km, 9 min
• Denver – Vail: 121 km, 9 min
• Denver – Colorado Springs: 118 km, 9 min
• Colorado Springs – Pueblo: 65 km, 6 min
• Total Route Length: 580 km

Proposed routes — Credit: Hyperloop One 

Check out the Rocky Mountain Hyperloop Team featuring members of Colorado’s Department of Transportation explaining their goals with their proposal.

How the heck would this thing work? Check this video out. 

While this potential form of travel is still years away, it would greatly impact many Colorado resorts. What are your thoughts on this proposed plan? Let us know in the comments.

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It Is Snowing In Utah Right Now

Our friends over at Snowbird just sent us a video of the snow falling in Utah right now. Check that date on your calendars, September 15, 2017, and the snow is flying. With plenty of warm weather behind us, it looks like winter is starting to knock on our door. Check out all the latest weather reports from TransWorld SNOWboarding here! 

Video by Brian Brown (@slcleroybrown)

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Over 16″ of Snow Predicted To Fall In United States This Weekend

Snow is looking to join the Fall season by, well… falling. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Montana and Idaho, as well as an advisory extending into Wyoming. Currently, the warnings are in effect from Friday until Saturday.

From NOAA.

This is being reported as the first official winter storm warnings in the United States as a strong fall storm is expected to hit the western states this upcoming weekend. Possibly up to 16″ of snow is in the upcoming forecast for higher elevations areas as the precipitation falls and turns to snow. We aren’t saying it is time strap in already, but it could be close around the corner! Click the links below to go to the NOAA page and see the full advisories and warnings.

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It’s Snowing! Flakes Spotted in North America

It’s that time of year, the first flakes of the season are starting to fall. Cooler temperatures are beginning waft in, leaves are changing, and in some places, snow is starting to spit from the sky.

Sure, there isn’t quite enough snow to ride on, but that’s ok, because these brief fall storms indicate winter is on the way.

Check out these gratuitous snow porn pics of flakes that have recent fallen on these resorts. Bring it on, Mother Nature. We’re ready.

[Top photo: Sierra-at-Tahoe 9/13/17]

New Snow: September 2017

Kirkwood Mountain Resort: 9/13/17

Banff Sunshine Village, Banff, Alberta Canada: 9/13

Photo: Sunshine Village Banff– Facebook

Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, AK: 9/13

Peaks, as seen from the top of the Alyeska tram. Photo: Alyeska Facebook

Where will it snow this season? Check out these Winter Weather Predictions from the Farmer’s Almanac here.

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The Appalachians— The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Regional Forecast 2018

The season is almost here. Where will it snow? Check out this winter weather prediction from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for The Appalachian region.

The Appalachians— The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Regional Forecast 2018


Winter will be warmer than normal, with above-normal precipitation and below-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in late December, early and mid-January, and early and mid-February. The snowiest periods will be in mid- to late November, early and mid- to late January, and mid-March. April and May will be rainier and cooler than normal. Summer will be hotter and slightly rainier than normal, with the hottest periods in early June, early July, and late August. September and October will be warmer and slightly drier than normal.

Check out the forecast for the other regions here.

SOURCE: The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2018

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Intermountain- The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Regional Forecast 2018

The season is almost here. Where will it snow? Check out this winter weather prediction from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for the Intermountain region. This includes areas in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Regional Forecast

Temperature & Precipitation Charts

Winter will be colder than normal, especially in the south, with the coldest periods from late November into early December and in late December, mid-January, and early February. Precipitation will be slightly below normal in the north and above in the south, with above-normal snowfall in both. The snowiest periods will be in early and mid- to late December, mid-January, early and mid-February, and early March. April and May will be warmer and slightly drier than normal. Summer will be drier than normal, with temperatures warmer than normal in the north and cooler in the south. The hottest periods will be in late June, early and late July, and early and late August. September and October will be cooler than normal, with above-normal precipitation.

SOURCE: The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2018

Check out the forecasts for the other regions here.

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Upper Midwest— The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Regional Forecast 2018

The season is almost here. Where will it snow? Check out this winter weather prediction from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for the Upper Midwest region.

Upper Midwest— The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Regional Forecast 2018


Winter will be warmer than normal, with the coldest periods in late November, early and late December, early January, and early February. Precipitation and snowfall will be below normal, with the snowiest periods in mid- to late December and early to mid-February. April and May will be cooler than normal, with near-normal precipitation. Summer will be hotter than normal, with near-normal precipitation. The hottest periods will be in late June, late July, and early to mid-August. September and October will be warmer and slightly drier than normal.

Check out the forecast for the other regions here.

SOURCE: The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2018

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Alaska – The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Regional Forecast 2018

The season is almost here. Where will it snow? Check out this winter weather prediction from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for insights on where and when it could snow in Alaska.

Alaska— The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Regional Forecast 2018

Region 17: Alaska

Winter season temperatures will be milder than normal, with the coldest periods in early to mid-January and early February. Precipitation will be above normal, while snowfall will be above normal. The snowiest periods will be in late November, early to mid-December, and late March. April and May will be warmer than normal, with slightly above normal precipitation. Summer will be cooler and a bit rainier than normal, with the hottest periods in early July and mid-August. September and October will be warmer than normal, with above-normal precipitation in the North and below-normal in the South.

The Alaska long range weather region includes all or part of the following states: ALASKA (Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, Kenai, Wasilla).

Check out the forecast for the other regions here.

SOURCE: The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2018

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