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post #51 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-05-2013, 12:37 AM
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I'll be going to Crystal Mountain, WA, at the end of January. I'd like to do some tree runs but I only will if I'm with someone else.

After our last trip to CO, I thought of this...
Here's an idea of mine for a system for deep pow in trees. I haven't used it yet, but I have told one of the 2 guys I ride with about it for the next time we get into trees with deep powder. He says it's a smart thing to do. I'm just not sure about stability when stopping at the bottom of each section as I'll mention below, so someone let me know what you think:

Let one drop in for about 30-60 ft, depending on visibility while the other two wait at the top or bottom of that section for the other. Take turns, riding down each section one at a time while remaining in sight. This way, if one of us falls into a tree well the other two are always watching and can come to dig them out.

Does that sound good? I know it would be safer than going balls out free-for-all, but I'd also really like to hear what you guys think, who have more experience with this kind of stuff than I do.

We also wear bright colors (I have a lime jacket and bindings.) I know that two of us carry a rescue whistle, which would help us locate each other a little if a fall were to happen.

All these things add up and make it a little more safer. This one-at-a-time system seems like it would be pretty damn effective, and although we're not equipped for backcountry (we usually ride resorts, sometimes off-trial trees), I think it would be a good way to look out for each other. Like I said though, I'm not too sure about being able to stop without falling in deep snow like that at the end of each turn.

Here's a video of a guy who fell into a tree well at a resort with a helmet cam:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPvG...ture=endscreen

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i believe thats called like leap frog or something. i know there is a name for what u just said. i would say its the best way to ride in deep tree areas. i for one just try to stay as far from a tree as i can get when going through them.
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i believe thats called like leap frog or something. i know there is a name for what u just said. i would say its the best way to ride in deep tree areas. i for one just try to stay as far from a tree as i can get when going through them.
yeah, that's crucial!
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scary.
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ya snowolf i think thats were i got the leap frog thing from.
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Safety Topic: Tree Wells

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=fe9_1356514000

Here's another crazy video from another post.

Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
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LiveLeak.com - 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.
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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.
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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!!
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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.

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