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Old 06-17-2008, 01:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I am not exactly sure where Knife ridge drops you out of the resort. Reagrdless, if you look West at the map you can see where the highway splits the canyon. They probably dropped somewhere towards the south end of the resort and to the west. Probably 2-3 miles from the road at a guess. You can see that if you go due North of the ski area it does get fairly flat. The caveat is that 'bilers roam all over that area, so there are bound to be well established trails at some point. Of course they were there during heavy snowfall, etc. It wouldn't make life easy, but you can certainly get out. It also sounds like it was a hell of a storm when they got lost. The probably did not intentionally go out of bounds. I would guess that the lack of experience in this sort of situation was probably their undoing. Most things you hear about being lost in the backcountry is to stay put. That is great on a summer time hike, but in the winter if you are not prepared to spend the night out, it's the worst thing you can do. At that point, you need to pick a direction that would get you back to safety. In this case the resort or highway.

Also, reading into this more, it sounds like one of them may have gotten buried, leaving the other person by himself. As one boarder was found by a tree with his board nearby. Sounds absolutely horrifying and sad.
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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As much as I love this sport and as much as I prefer to die doing something I love rather than in a bed, I don't think this is a way that any of us would like to die. What a horrible death, alone and scared, gush....
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When I worked at Alpine Meadows in Tahoe, some kid had fallen into a tree well. He was riding alone out of bounds! He struggled to unstrap himself. As he did he noticed something odd...a bear nose! He ran out of there shedding gear as he went. Later as he was reporting this to the Ski Patrol and an older lady came in to return all this gear she had found while snow-shoeing. And yes she noticed the sleeping bear, but did not know if the bear had eaten the owner of all this gear.
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:01 PM   #14 (permalink)
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That is some scary shit, I can't imagine what I would do if I saw myself in that situation...


Lucky him that he managed to get out of the tree well.
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:30 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Hahaha! People crack me up getting all scared of the bears in Colorado and California. News flash, they are black bears (some call them brown bears because of the coat, but they are all the same). Same bears you find on the east coast. Basically oversized dogs. Now you don't want to corner one, or get between mom and her cubs, but generally they are pretty timid. A full grown adult is seen as something to be avoided by them. They definitely do not want to get into it with us. Now a grizzly bear on the other hand, something you can run into in Wyoming and Montana. Well let's just say that is scary.

*Of course falling into a bear den is the definition of cornering a bear. I definitely would not want to wake that one up. Contrary to popular belief you can do that to a hibernating bear. Not good at all.*

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Old 06-17-2008, 03:30 PM   #16 (permalink)
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haha, good stuff. only cuz he got out though. that bear wasn't gonna wake up.
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