What Makes Snowfall a Memorable Read

The New York Times article Snow Fall begins with a flash animation of a snowy hill and snow can be seen drifting down the hill. The article opens with a vivid descriptive story of skiers being over whelmed by a massive avalanche. This part of the story focuses on Elyse Saugstad a professional skier being crushed by snow, as she loses all control. Through descriptive language the reader can experience this traumatic event. The details of Elyse Saugstad being engulfed by snow made me want to continue reading the article.

Further down the page the story explains Tunnel Creek a treacherous mountain pass that only dare devil skiers wish to experience. There is another flash animation that sweeps over a computer generated bird’s eye of view of Tunnel Creek. This article mainly focuses on a group of 12 daring winter sports enthusiasts who want to ski down parts of the mountain, which are not patrolled and highly dangerous. An element of suspense is used to build up to the final event. A computer generated flash animation accompanies the story showing the reader where each skier was located during the descent. The last half of the article focuses on the shock and fear of looking for lost skiers buried under snow. This descriptive story telling in this article is the main element that makes it such a memorable read. I almost felt like I was out on the mountain with the skiers. The short video clips, photos, and flash animations really bring this article to life.


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