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05-26-2015 07:39 PM
Powdurp Great post I moved to Colorado at the beginning of this last season and have ridden glades at different resorts in summit county. My home mtn is Eldora and I'm pretty sure they have the worst vegetation management problem in ski resort history. A student from CU Boulder apparently died on my favorite glade run via tree well, so naturally I learned to identify and avoid them. Anyways thanks for the awareness post as I definitely had no one idea what to do if I actually got stuck in one! Til I saw this
02-17-2015 05:17 AM
OMG, It was so scary.
01-12-2015 11:48 AM
AIRider I was at big white over the weekend and 3 of us were fooling around in the trees. We spotted a tree well, you know, your the typical covered, slanted branches without the visible trunk.

We all stopped and discussed three wells a little. I jumped feet first into one just to see how deep it was. I am 6'7" and I went in belly button deep. I was able to get out without any help, but I did have to dig for at least 5 minutes. I can only imagine how hard it would be if you went head first, strapped.
12-11-2014 08:51 AM
onel0wcubn Great info there! Def a must read/watch if you plan on doing some POW riding in terrain you are unfamiliar with.
12-11-2014 07:25 AM
vajohn I have never been in a deep one, but definitely always worried in the back of my head when I ride alone in places that I know they exist. Not sure if it has been posted here yet, but I found a link with a lot of good safety info and statistics: Tree Well and Snow Immersion Suffocation (SIS) Information :: Home
12-10-2014 04:40 PM
Mo Mo Jesus that situation was handled like absolute shit. And if you are gonna ride in an area like that you should have an idea of what to do in that kind of ordeal.

First and foremost close your eyes and count to 3 while breathing in and out.
You need to slowly drive yourself out of the black and into the red.
12-10-2014 04:04 PM
DIESEL Almost brought me to tears watching all those people help that poor guy.. I can only imagine what that's like except pure and utter terror...

Definitely have a clear mind on what to look for though, great post!!
12-20-2013 08:19 PM
nillo I've been buried head first. Luckily my head was only about 4 feet down. It is very scary and you can't see anything. If you remember one thing it's that SPIT WILL ALWAYS GO DOWN. The snow may be supporting your body so evenly that you can't tell which way is up and which way is down. You don't want to dig down. So spitting a little so it can run down your face will let you know which way to dig.

Oh, to the guy that thought the only danger in the trees was running into one and thinks he can solve it by wearing a helmet, good luck with that. I have personally witnessed a skier's binding prerelease in the trees and he tee'd the tree with the small of his back. I tore ass down the mountain to notify ski patrol, but he had died instantly. Trees are fucking dangerous.
03-15-2013 10:13 PM
Originally Posted by AIRider View Post - Buried Alive

Here's another crazy video from another post.
Damn. When I first saw the guy who fell I though that was just his jacket, then I realized that was the base of his board!

Was that even a tree well or was that just unstable snow? The video says it's a tree well but he wasn't actually bruied at the base of the nearest tree.
03-15-2013 05:52 PM
Safety Topic: Tree Wells

Here's another crazy video from another post.
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