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Old 12-02-2012, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Avalanche airbag - yes or no

I will begin by saying that I have taken an Avalanche 1 course but have forgotten most of it. So I will need to refresh. Secondly, although I post many things that make me sound like a beginner, most consider me a very good intermediate rider. I am a type A so I am a bit of a worry wart.

Now the mountain I love is Castle Mountain. Although I have a pass for Sunshine Village, I will go to Castle on every deep powder day. The area we like to snowboard is gated but controlled and inbounds. We will spend 99% of the day on these steeps during pow days. Yet there is hardly anybody back there 99% of the time.

Here is a map of the South Chutes which I am concerned with.


http://www.skicastle.ca/_cabinet/5/19/2012chutes.jpg


Here is a video of avalanche control on my favorite south chute run.
High Rustler Avalanche Control Jan 12, 2009 - YouTube

Here are some links about the 5 or so inbound avalanches they have every season:

Castle suffers first avalanche of the season | Local | News | Pincher Creek Echo

The Pincher Creek Voice: Avalanche hits grooming cat at Castle Mountain

So would you be rocking a beacon and tranceiver? Am I a moron for thinking about taking this expensive equipment into a resort?
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