Here's an insight, into what I hope are 'rookie mistakes':
1) Decided that there wasn't nearly enough fresh powder in bounds, travelled out of bounds, avalance prone area upon closer inspection... skier triggered type 2... luckily I was above... Don't know what it is, but I am CONSTANTLY ending up in potentially dangerous situations. I forewarn my mates, and tell them NOT to follow me especially if its a powder day(No friends on powder days remember!).
2) Before hitting jump didn't strap in left foot (I am goofy)and upon front-side grab realised as much...
3) To avoid a trail covered in ice-laden moguls I decided to travel down what I thought was a tree-run... not sign-posted... After 2 minutes it was clear that although there were trees aplenty, no one... NO ONE would have made the area their playground. Also, bears are beginning to emerge... Paranoia gave me a fighting chance to persist and get out asap.
@ Sincraft: I have heard some horror stories, re. base plates (I have the chanel on my board) - mate landed after kicker, base plate broke... didn't end too badly... sprain, type 1 PCL tear... [base plate was outdated though, also, conditions contributed - icey]