Tragic. I will be in CO next week. Was planning on buying a Splitboard and trying it out near A- Basin and Loveland pass. I may reconsider and wait until next year to try it out in the B.C. Some of the guys were wearing avalungs and one with an ABS pack, neither helped to save any lives. What can we learn from this? Don't trust a backpack to save your life. The only thing these devices can do is slightly increase your odds of survival when playing avalanche roulette.
R.I.P to all those dudes. I am completely heartbroken for the new family that just lost a father. As a father myself it is something that is always at the top of my mind when I venture out into the B.C. Which is becoming a lot less frequent these days and may end altogether due to climate change and snowpack instability.
Man, the Internet sounds like a tuff place to ride.