Reflection on the New York Times article “Snow Fall”



I am absolutely not acquainted with what it is like to live in a winter wonderland. I did not choose to live here in the Lake Tahoe area, as I was randomly sent here by the Fulbright programme in order to teach French.

I appreciate the scenic landscapes for sure, this region is absolutely gorgeous, and I am marvelled at every new car ride or walk around the lake. However, I have never felt one single pang of attraction for winter sports and mountain lifestyle in general. I could totally survive this year without buying a skiing or snowboarding pass, even though I am well aware it might be considered a local crime.

Therefore, reading the “Snowfall – Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” New York Times story resulted to be a little bit of a drag for me. Despite the indisputable virtuosity of its visuals, and the brilliant intertwining of different multimedia platforms, I am afraid it still was not enough to grab my attention.

Although the topic did not interest me in the very least, I can at least attest that I learned a couple of things about avalanches. I mostly learned through interactive diagrams. I am thinking specifically about the second part of the article that mentions hoar frost. The explanation in the text did not ring any bell until I could visualize it.

The presentation and transitions between the texts, videos and slideshows are very fluid and aesthetically pleasant. The videos provide condensed information for those who do not necessarily want to go through the long reading, which is a nice alternative.
I thought that most of the slideshows about the people involved in the avalanche were quite useless, if not confusing. Seeing pictures of their childhoods got me thinking at first that there were all eulogies.

Overall, I cannot deny that this piece of work has been masterfully crafted, multimedia-wise. If the topic did not enthral me, I would be glad to read, listen and watch more stories built in the same way about other things.