Originally Posted by Snowolf
Star Wars Trees at White Pass is a good place to find wells. Last year, NWBoarder and I were riding Star Wars and he was only 4-6 inches to the right of my path and he went feet first (thankfully) into a deep well that was well over his head and he`s 6 foot. One minute, he`s right on my tail and the next he has vanished like the Star Trek transporter got him. I stopped not 50 feet from him and could not see any sign of him and had to find him be voice. Took us damn near a half hour of digging from the downhill side to get him out. Had this been a head first entry, it could have been very serious.
It may not be as fun or exciting, but the only safe way to ride tight trees when there is danger of tree wells is to leap frog your way through them. One guy stops, and maintains constant visual contact on the rider as he rides down from above and passes below. He then stops, and the spotter gets his turn. If you are all riding together, if the guy behind goes in, you will be easliy 50 yards down the mountain or more before you have a clue the guy is missing. If its a head first entry, good luck ever finding the guy!
Its not enough to just ride with a buddy when tree well danger is significant, you have to be in constant visual contact. We got lucky that day; lesson learned!
Star war trees haha what are those? Yea other than being stuck in a tree well it was a good day. The snow was a light powder. I probably wouldn't have gone through the trees but there was a ton of unridden powder and if you go up to Paradise basin around lunch time(10:30- 12) you can get tons of runs in. I usually ride down to that slow chairlift(one before the lift that goes to the top of paradise basin) bring up a thermos of homemade turkey chili, or some PB&Js
' and have lunch there. When all the people come back from lunch just depending on the crowd either stay there or go to the main mountain.