On Dec. 17, 2018, National Geographic’s Explorer television program featured Montana State University’s Subzero Research Laboratory on a segment covering the dangers of avalanches.

The roughly 8-minute section includes footage of MSU researchers using specialized equipment to analyze factors that can cause a snowpack to become an avalanche. The segment is titled, The Secret of Snowflakes.

The Subzero Lab used in the segment is based in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering, which is used by many MSU researchers, including snow scientists in the Department of Earth Sciences and polar researchers in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.

The segment, titled The Boiling River can be viewed here. Skip to 25:35 within the episode to begin at The Secret of Snowflakes segment, while MSU is included at 30:35.