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Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 1

Here's what supposed to happen with a properly equipped boarder:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 2
From ESPN West: One of the skiiers was the Stevens Pass Marketing Director, Chris Rudolph. Another was Freeskiing World Tour head judge Jim Jack.

http://espn.go.com/espnw/7593035/avalanc…

Posted by Dr_Awesome on February 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM · Report this
Eastpike 3
Not all "out of bounds" areas are created equal; some are forbidden, by ski area rules or even law. Such is the case where the snowboarder was. In the case of the massive slide at Stevens Pass, no explicit rules were broken. I was skiing at Alpental today. The snowpack is very misleading: at lower angle slopes it seems very stable but obviously this isn't the case for loaded steeps. The device credited with saving the one female skier's life is another topic i'm sure will make some waves as this story goes around.
Posted by Eastpike on February 19, 2012 at 9:08 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 4
I guess it just goes to show you that no matter how experienced an outdoorsman you think you are, Mother Nature is always in charge.
Posted by Gern Blanston on February 19, 2012 at 9:45 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 5
Rest in peace, and enjoy mad freshez in the sky.

Luckily most of the people were saved

Always make sure to check current conditions and remember how the snowpack has built up over the season
http://www.nwac.us/
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on February 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 6
Oh Dear, I knew Chris professionally. He was the guy behind the installation of the EV charging stations up there. A very nice young man with a lot of vision and drive. What a pity.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on February 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM · Report this
ItsAllOverNow 7
@1 Are you telling us this because you're an expert or an asshole?
Posted by ItsAllOverNow http://nowaybro.blogspot.com/ on February 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM · Report this
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And one diver in Elliot Bay too... Some of my friends helped with the body recovery this evening.

There are great avalanche awareness classes available if skiing/riding out of bounds is your thing. There is also some great diving instruction tailored for mitigating the risks inherent in our local conditions. Some sports are risky, please do your best to stack the odds in your favor.
Posted by restlessnative on February 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 9
take a look at the avalanche chute on google earth. it runs nearly from the top of cowboy mtn. down to 2 at tunnel creek (the switchback curve before the haul to the pass). the snow from the slide made it just onto the road.

tragic. ride safe everyone.
Posted by Max Solomon on February 19, 2012 at 11:29 PM · Report this
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How awful for parents and other family to know that if these skiers had heeded the avalanche warnings, they'd be alive now.
Posted by sarah70 on February 19, 2012 at 11:39 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 11
@10: read the account. they believed they were heeding the avalanche warnings. these were experts. they followed every precaution they could, but the mountain was bigger than their expertise today. even the skier with the avylung barely survived.
Posted by Max Solomon on February 20, 2012 at 12:01 AM · Report this
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I read the accounts. They didn't follow the precaution of not skiing during an avalanche warning.
Posted by sarah70 on February 20, 2012 at 12:11 AM · Report this
stinkbug 13
@11: "they followed every precaution they could"

How can you say that?
Posted by stinkbug on February 20, 2012 at 12:57 AM · Report this
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@12 actually they were all wearing transceivers and accounts seem to indicate that they were taking precautions. The analogy I'd use is they were riding motorcycles, but they were well trained and wearing helmets and leathers. Nothing is without risk but these folks were clearly mitigating that risk as well as they could and they were skiing in a group which was key for the rescue effort.
Posted by econoline on February 20, 2012 at 1:01 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
What @12 said.

God, we used to lose about 20 skiers, boarders and snowmobilers between Kaslo and New Denver in BC every year. Most of those ignored earnings and had no safety equipment.

Darwin at work.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 20, 2012 at 1:07 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
Warnings (not earnings) ... Love auto correct!
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 20, 2012 at 1:07 AM · Report this
hans millionaire 17
Stevens backside is so fun, i hope I never get into a situation like this... Maybe Ill stick with Mt. Baker, not that it is really safer or anything
Posted by hans millionaire on February 20, 2012 at 1:52 AM · Report this
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I'll stick with SSX, thank you. Much better to get smooshed by virtual avalanches. Very sad.
Posted by NateMan on February 20, 2012 at 4:12 AM · Report this
Allyn 19
Wait, did they do anything illegal? Oh, then why skewer them after death?
You can draw a lesson to stay on the groomed slopes and/or carry an airbag on you. But even if these gentlemen died doing something stupid, they had the right to make the choices they made. They harmed no one else with their actions. So quit acting smarter-than-thou and simply say, "goodbye dear neighbor."

So goodbye dear neighbors; you will be missed.
Posted by Allyn on February 20, 2012 at 7:40 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 20
Bailo and Will proving how useless they are yet again.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on February 20, 2012 at 7:48 AM · Report this
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@14 nails it. Saying that they were reckless by skiing during a period of high avalanche danger is ludicrous. There are risks inherent in every activity. By following proper backcountry skiing practices and carrying the right equipment, the group at Stevens fared much better than they could have given the circumstances. It was a freak accident and sometimes Mother Nature is bigger than you. Please refrain from commenting on safety etc. if you don't have any legitimate backcountry skiing knowledge. It just shows that any sport or activity like this is always potentially life-threatening and should always be regarded and respected as such.
Posted by Vitriolforbreakfast on February 20, 2012 at 7:59 AM · Report this
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@21, beautifully put, but it won't stop the chastisers. They came here to use the deaths as an excuse to revel in the joy they take in shaming. I'm kind of an asshole myself, I can spot an asshole move a mile away.
Posted by gloomy gus on February 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM · Report this
Noadi 23
You can take all the precautions in the world and have the latest gear but avalanches are pretty unforgiving. Extreme skiers and snowboarders know the risks they are taking and they love taking them. I can't judge anyone for dying doing what they love, it's probably a better way to go than most of us will.
Posted by Noadi http://noadi.net on February 20, 2012 at 8:36 PM · Report this

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