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    Ski Shop Owner & Equipment Specialist - Voted Best Boot fitter in Australia (SIA Australia Awards 2013) Paul Oberin's Avatar
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    Default One of the best but sad reports I have ever read.

    http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012...t=tunnel-creek

    For anyone who at times skis or rides out of bounds, this story really highlights the risks and the tragic results.

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    Default Re: One of the best but sad reports I have ever read.

    One thing it did point out, how valuable an airbag can be in a situation like this, also a decent setup of a modern beacon rather than an old one, and a decent shovel and probe.

    I have often skied in deep snow myself and thought by being in the trees I would be fairly safe, not so it appears.

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    Default Re: One of the best but sad reports I have ever read.

    that is a very sobering account of what happens in a big slide. The fact they have added pictures and video makes it very real.

    We saw a few people duck ropes in nozawa this year and venture onto part of a slope that had big fracture marks all across it (hence it was closed). I bugger if I know why they did it as it was clearly unstable. *shakeshead*
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    Default Re: One of the best but sad reports I have ever read.

    Had just one of them spent a few minutes to dig down a few layers and evaluate the risks, they would not have gone in where they did, as they would have seen the weak layers that were sure to slide, especially with such a large group, people who take shortcuts with safety are not smart.
    I know when I have gone out heliskiing at Whistler, I have been keen to get going but have had to wait while the guides dig a very deep trench to look at the layers and then test them, and even having done that we still ended up in a slide on one occasion.

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    Default Re: One of the best but sad reports I have ever read.

    The thing that always gets me with most slides I read about is that the terrain isn't that step - its usually not in the OMG territory and everyone feels comfy on it. The video shot by Elyse Saugstad's helmet cam (in the video at the end of the article) really highlights how benign it looks as they ski towards the trees. not scary at all. I too Paul found that what surprised me most in that article was that the trees are not as safe as u'd think, especially with a big volume of snow.
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