Expert skier, but not an expert at reading avalanche terrain.
That is a huge problem as I am sure most know in this thread. Double black diamond riding ability, not even green circle avalanche knowledge. Bad mix. I was that guy at one point as I am also sure most of you were.
I know Bruce Tremper says "all the avalanche experts are dead" but that is not totally true either.
He actually lists that last quote in the few myths
he disspells right near the start of the book. That along with the part he mentions about one's riding ability usually grossly overshadowing one's snow science knowledge...
Yeah, I've been reading my new book
I live my life one storm at a time.