Amie Engerbretson is evidently a sponsored, pro athlete of sorts. She was also involved in an avalanche incident earlier this week. She has put a great, first person account of the accident. It's very honest and shows how easy it is to make critical mistakes.
Well, I think punching that line down the middle of that bowl was the terrain trap. Just a cursory glance and it looks like to me there were plenty of safe(r) options available to her. Poor decision no doubt.
Just a footnote and someone else in a different discussion pointed this out, but that bowl is very similar in shape and size to Tea Cup bowl at Berthoud Pass. There is a reason I have only put tracks in that a couple of times. I also have never ridden down the gut of that one for obvious reasons.
Because it's a better vantage point from below to evaluate the risk?
Exactly. She would have seen that slide. It is pretty rare I enter something from above that I haven't gotten a good view of from below. That or I have a familiarity with the terrain I am riding and know where the likely trigger points are. Nothing is absolute out there. Things are always changing. That slope might have been safe to ride a day or two later, just not that day.
The convexity is a good point. The steep roll over where she choose to enter is where the snow most likely has the most tension. Like putting a knife to a rubber band pulled taught. The face also having a concave shape doesn't help either. Evidently the terrain at the bottom also contributes to the snow pilling up deeply. Overall, just a lot of things that can go wrong with that one. In other words, consequence.
Took me a half dozen times of watching that to realise there was a guy with no beacon( the photog)at the bottum of that ski line through the trees lookers left. Wonder how much just being out of the path had to do with safety, and how much was more positioning to get the shot.