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04-02-2012 07:50 PM
poutanen
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All the reports say they were out of bounds, so I have to imagine they kept hiking around the bowl past the OB line to get some fresh lines, stupid move! Nonetheless its kinda crazy that I was just about in that same bowl. The difference is... I would have stayed in bounds.
Yeah this just makes me want to obey the signs even more! I saw the aftermath of a large avalanche in the Cedar bowl in Fernie, and I'm glad that they control things as well as they do. It was right in the middle of one of my favourite lines!
04-02-2012 07:36 PM
nscullion001 I have a friend who is working in Panorama this winter, he was riding the exact same area 40 minutes before this happened, emailed me today pretty shaken up and counting his blessings he wasnt caught up in it.

It happened in an out of bounds area called Jesse's monster which is beside the Taynton Bowl.
04-02-2012 06:43 PM
Casual
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Some more relevant news...

Search resumes for possible victims following Panorama slide - 660News

The article's a little unclear but it sounds like they were out of bounds at Panorama.
This is crazy - at 7 AM that morning I was deciding whether I wanted to ride panorama for a second day. My GF didn't want to so I was going to go ride the Taynton bowl and upper mountain, since there was only 2cm of snow I decided not to go and I just went and rode park at Fairmont's crappy little hill.

All the reports say they were out of bounds, so I have to imagine they kept hiking around the bowl past the OB line to get some fresh lines, stupid move! Nonetheless its kinda crazy that I was just about in that same bowl. The difference is... I would have stayed in bounds.
04-02-2012 02:36 PM
ThunderChunky How did it release? Not triggered immediately by them then, right?
04-02-2012 02:29 PM
legallyillegal
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So.....does anyone know what actually happened?
heliskiers waiting with their guide to be picked up when a slide is released above them

the woman had won the trip through a contest
04-02-2012 12:49 PM
ThunderChunky So.....does anyone know what actually happened?
04-02-2012 10:52 AM
poutanen Some more relevant news...

Search resumes for possible victims following Panorama slide - 660News

The article's a little unclear but it sounds like they were out of bounds at Panorama.
03-26-2012 01:57 PM
Intheshit i know i get pretty mad when someone is SUPPOSED to be watching my back and I get injured because of it, or when some dumbass goes out of his way to injure me.

but then again, were I anywhere near a big mountain I would be well aware that it was a life and death situation and that it could easily happen and that no one was going to save me from my fate, should an accident happen.

i feel for the deceased , this type of shit is damaging to those who survive as well. nobody @ fault.
03-26-2012 12:54 PM
poutanen
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Otherwise these accidents should be analyzed to the nth degree to point out dangers that were missed so that others may avoid that same mistake when they come across it.
Yeah this is sort of my point to. Hell I spend my day job analyzing work accidents and near misses to the Nth degree to help prevent the same thing from happening again, or worse. The big difference is that we can be fined if we don't analyze a work accident, while some people are suggesting that it's going too far to analyze an avalanche death.

Yes mother nature can catch up with you, but I think it's healthy to try to learn from the unfortunate mistakes of others. And yes, dying in an avalanche is an unfortunate mistake because there's always the option to NOT go at all. Again, not trying to blame any one person or party, just saying it doesn't hurt to armchair analyze these incidents.
03-26-2012 12:16 PM
killclimbz And I agree with that. I also think that most avalanche centers do a pretty good job of recording the facts. Almost all of CAIC's reports have details as to what went wrong. A few reports don't have a lot of info, mostly because there was no one else around except the victim. Sometimes the surviving members of the party are unwilling to talk which leaves a report lacking information. Still, almost every season I pick up a pearl of good information to be wary of from a report about someone other group's tragedy.

I don't know what this heli ski operation was doing so I am not passing judgement either way.
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