Several people caught in slides in CO this weekend
Loveland Pass Snowboarders Survive Avalanche - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver
I used to make a point of picking up a couple of backcountry riders anytime I was going across Loveland Pass and had the room. However, I've stopped. After several chats with riders on the drive up, I never once talked to anyone who had any inkling of avalanche awareness. Now, I've only taken an introductory avalanche awareness course and don't have any close friends who have done anything more. That's why I don't ride backcountry. I'm not going to endanger myself and possibly others due to ignorance and stupidity. I'm also not going to ferry others who are willing to do that.
If I had a beacon, I could at least do the old "no beacon, no ride" method.
I saw the slide on Loveland Pass today that the two boarders triggered. It wasn't small. It was a good 6-7 feet deep at the road. I didn't realize it was triggered today. I was coming back from Breck and came across the pass. It was probably 4pm or so.