It's good to hear they are not going out. Snowmobilers have become the number one group to get killed by avalanches over the past 5 years. You can cover a lot of terrain in a short amount of time. Which is great, but you don't get an idea of what is going on with the snowpack. Couple that with the fact that most groups do not have full avy gear. I've seen too many times were a group of six or more 'bilers only have one or two guys with a beacon. Sometimes they have the beacon, but no shovels, etc. Avalanche education is the last thing they go to learn. It takes an event like this to get them in a classroom. With some knowledge and experience you could easily go out in these conditions safely. Some places you are going to want to stay away from. That is how it works.
Big mistakes were made and 8 people were killed because of it. Once this was set into motion I am afraid people were going to die. The numbers should have been 2 or 3 though, not 8. I can't imagine how this community is taking this loss. I don't want to say much more because I'm already dipping into "I told you so" or insulting territory. This is a huge tradgedy. If someone wants to make a thread about avalanche safety to discuss these sort of accidents we can. I'll be happy to contribute what I know.
For these guys RIP.
Their friends and family have my sincere condolences.