I just don't get it. High danger on that aspect, no beacon, no shovel... That area slides all the time. (Just found out from the story that it is referred to as 'Idiot's Cornice.') It is only time before there is a real tragety on Loveland Pass. There are too many skiers/riders out there that think it is a controlled, resort type atmosphere. I frequently drive the pass to avoid the tunnel and just comparing those with packs to those without (with at least has a possibility of having the appropriate gear) and the ratio is unbelievable.
Please... If you go, have the appropriate education and tools to give yourself and your companions a chance. And, check the danger rose on CAIC.
If you were with this guy that went down the mountain in an avalanche, would you ski down the same slope after him or would you go down to a safer slope, descend it then try to make your way over to him. If you go straight down the same way after him, do you go down immediately after the avy has passed or wait some time?
Seems like time is of the essence and i would go quickly down the same slope (avy danger seems non-existant) however, that cornice was de-stabailized from the removal of snow from below after the initiation of the avy.
I like hearing that this guy was/is "experienced" in the backcountry. He is what, 25? How much "experience" does he have at that age? Then the news channels go interviewing him making him look like a hero for surviving. Hopefully search and rescue sends him a nice fat bill to pay for his "experience"
PS: Better buy your girlfriend something nice for xmas
Every situation is different so you always have to determine threats that may still exist such as a large crown or the remaining slope above the slide path that has yet to slide. Judging by the pictures of this particular slide I would think you would be fine to descend the slide path although your skis wouldn't appreciate it much. You could descend right next to the slide path and if it started to go escape into the path that already slid. The cornice/crown still poses a threat but if it wanted to go you would think it would have gone when the event occurred. Of course this could or could not be the case and you always need to access the risk you are willing to accept in these kinds of situations.
Generally I feel just fine descending slide paths where avalanches have already occurred in recent times. Obviously if you rescue your buddy and think the cornice is going to go move ASAP to a place you feel is safe. If your buddy is hurt and you think you are still at risk better to move and then access injuries.
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