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boarderaholic 03-31-2014 10:55 PM

Avalanche in Sunshine Village??
 
Anyone got the deets on this?? I heard something about it on the news...

ARSENALFAN 03-31-2014 10:58 PM

Skiers and not snowboarders from what i understand:


Somebody posted this about the Delirium Dive avalanche on Sunshine's facebook site:

They were on their 3rd turn from the top when the entire face fractured. They both got caught up in it, and were swept top to bottom and thrown cartwheeling right over a cliff band. When everything eventually came to a stop at the very bottom, one was buried and one was on the surface. About 8 or 10 people assembled at the base and began digging. Sunshine Ski Patrol were immediately on the scene. Prayers to both. It was ugly.

Banjo 03-31-2014 11:05 PM

Shit. Just goes to show that the terrain doesn't go without risk. Having beacons and gear isn't enough, you need to know how to use them.

boarderaholic 03-31-2014 11:33 PM

This is a curiosity/learning question more than anything, but with the way the weather conditions have been going, would Sunshine Village have closed the dive if they knew it was going to give like this? Or would it have been a ride at your own risk type of deal?

killclimbz 04-01-2014 06:41 AM

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Oh wow. Did not hear thay this happened. All across western North America we have had unusual snow which is creating unusual avalanche conditions. Lots of 100 year events.

Now isn't Delirium Dive an area that you are required to carry avalanche gear and have a partner? That in itself says a lot about what ski patrol and risk management thinks about that spot.

Obviously they can't get it past whatever confidence percentage that they feel it is not a problem. Throw in a season like this. I bet after examination it'll show the skier hit a swet spot. Shallow part of the snow pack or maybe right by an exposed rock. Which at a ski area is not usually a problem.

It also sounds like karma is slapping the ownership of Sunshine in the face over their past couple of years of shenanigans.

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Argo 04-01-2014 06:47 AM

There was an inbounds skier death at Jackson yesterday too. on parachutes run. It's not super steep or gnarly, likely just an over confident skier. People forget the consequences alot while snow sliding

DiggerXJ 04-01-2014 08:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Argo (Post 1655553)
There was an inbounds skier death at Jackson yesterday too. on parachutes run. It's not super steep or gnarly, likely just an over confident skier. People forget the consequences alot while snow sliding


What's the story behind that? Avy related, tree, cliff?

killclimbz 04-01-2014 08:58 AM

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Yeah, somehow that does not sound avalanche related to me. More user error. Unless the slope gave way, kind of not related to this.

madmax 04-01-2014 09:05 AM

TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. (AP) A skier is dead after hitting a tree at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

The resort said the 31-year-old man suffered "significant trauma" while skiing in an area called the Parachutes on Monday. Spokeswoman Anna Cole says the man hit a tree and then fell, landing about 40 feet below the tree.

The death is being investigated by the Teton County sheriff and the resort's ski patrol.

The man's name hasn't been released yet.

Resort president Jerry Blann extended the sympathies of the staff to the man's family and friends.

killclimbz 04-01-2014 09:46 AM

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Yep, hit a tree at any speed and bad things usually happen. RIP.


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