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.
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!