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Rockpen, it all depends on the consequence of what you are exposed too. Getting strained through trees is very high consequence. That will shred bags and break bones. Not sure if an airbag was even deployed. Once the only survivor replies will we know more.

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Rockpen, it all depends on the consequence of what you are exposed too. Getting strained through trees is very high consequence. That will shred bags and break bones. Not sure if an airbag was even deployed. Once the only survivor replies will we know more.

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if they were at the bottom of the slope and it slid down on top of them into the flats (which right now is what sounds like happened) then an airbag probably wouldn't do any good..
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Wonder if this will cause a rethink of how splitfests are organized, how groups and locations are decided...maybe the whole concept of big backcountry festivals. Seems so huge and tragic it would have to get everyone thinking

Rip to them all, and strength to the families and friends
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if they were at the bottom of the slope and it slid down on top of them into the flats (which right now is what sounds like happened) then an airbag probably wouldn't do any good..
I don't think they were at the bottom of the slope. From what I've heard it sounds like they were near treeline but again, second hand info.
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i had just read this line from the CAIC report: "The group may have triggered the avalanche from below the start zone, low in the avalanche path."

there is a satellite picture on the report, you may be familiar with the area:

https://avalanche.state.co.us/acc/ac...05&view=public
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Low in the avalanche path is a relative term in this case. The start zone we definitely way above them. I am familiar with the area, though I have never toured out there. You can see it from the highway. There are just a few spots on Loveland Pass I have visited a decent number of times. Grizzly Gulch being one of the main spots. Lots of big open terrain on that pass above trees. Some amazing riding in the right conditions actually. Kind of Alaska like, minus the 60 degree slopes, feet of snow, 4k vertical lines. So not really Alaska, but really fun blow your tail out turns can be had there.
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I've got to hand it to Jason Blevins on his coverage of this. He is doing a pretty decent job. The latest updated article from the Denver Post gives you a better idea as to what happened.
Colorado avalanche victims were part of snowboard gathering turned tragic - The Denver Post

Sounds like they were coming in from a switchback on the highway and traversing the path. How high up, not sure, nor how close to treeline. It does sound like trees played a factor in the tragic results.
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Would an avalung even help with the concrete like car sized chunks I read about in the other thread? Crazy stuff.

Makes you step back for a second when reading these articles.
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Hard to say Jdang. Your chances of surviving a burial like that are much lower, but if you did and had the avalung in your mouth, it would certainly help. Being on top of the snow is even better. This is where airbags have been shown to be so effective. The problem here is in this sort of terrain there were a lot of things to shred an airbag.

Avoidance has always been the best practice. Of course you can avoid it completely by not going into the mountains, but then you wouldn't be snowboarding either.
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CAIC's report on the accident is up.

https://avalanche.state.co.us/acc/ac...05&view=public
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