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(SeattlePI)   White powder kills five snowboarders in Colorado. Wished they'd gone to the marijuana rally   (seattlepi.com) divider line 84
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2013-04-20 11:48:55 PM  
Ooooof.
 
2013-04-20 11:49:08 PM  
Was one of them Shaun White, at least?
 
2013-04-20 11:49:44 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Was one of them Shaun White, at least?


Wow, did he kick your dog or something?
 
2013-04-20 11:50:09 PM  
sad? they dies doing what the loved

www.keytarded.com
 
2013-04-20 11:53:37 PM  
really this headline with what happened at the rally?
 
2013-04-20 11:54:07 PM  
Three injured, leg shot, at the rally.
 
2013-04-20 11:55:21 PM  
White powder kills five snowboarders in Colorado. Wished they'd gone to the marijuana rally

To be shot at by thugs?
 
2013-04-20 11:59:20 PM  
I feel like 1100ft isn't that far for an avalance
 
2013-04-20 11:59:53 PM  
So sad.  We've had a bunch of snow lately, you can't go out there when the conditions are like this.  Another killed the other day near Vail Pass.   http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20130419/NEWS/130419862&parentprofil e =search

Or:  http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=331305
 
2013-04-21 12:02:03 AM  
 
2013-04-21 12:04:44 AM  
When are we going to get a Weather Modification Network?
 
2013-04-21 12:06:05 AM  
In before the Better Off Dead reference.
 
2013-04-21 12:08:26 AM  
When you're in an avalanche zone and someone says 'Hold my beer and watch this', just don't.
 
2013-04-21 12:08:40 AM  

haterade: I feel like 1100ft isn't that far for an avalance


I think the ski area I learned on was only 100' vert  The area I usually ski now has 2500' vertical.  So 1100' is pretty far to be thrown down the hill.  Think of it as 100 stories.  Take a look at this avalanche report and think about it.   http://avalanche.state.co.us/acc/acc_report.php?accfm=rep&acc_id=504
 
2013-04-21 12:12:07 AM  
After reading TFA, avalanche deaths are on the rise given the beacon technology. Fark.
 
2013-04-21 12:12:33 AM  
What good is an avalanche in April? Why, no good. No good at all.
 
2013-04-21 12:12:59 AM  

Bane of Broone: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Was one of them Shaun White, at least?

Wow, did he kick your dog or something?


I bought a pair of his flip flops and they shredded after like a month.

/just kidding about him not being in the 'LaNche - by all accounts he's a good guy
 
2013-04-21 12:15:33 AM  
Backcountry...when you leave it up to the mountain to decide whether to kill you or not.
 
2013-04-21 12:16:35 AM  

tuna fingers: After reading TFA, avalanche deaths are on the rise given the beacon technology. Fark.


More people taking stupid chances.

My sister was skiing at this resort this weekend. She does not take stupid chances.
 
2013-04-21 12:17:20 AM  

AuralArgument: really this headline with what happened at the rally?


well yeah, three injuries versus five deaths.

Subby is obviously looking on the bright side of things.  Had they gone to the pot rally it might have been four injuries, or maybe one death.

/obviously a little too soon, but the timing....
 
2013-04-21 12:18:59 AM  

AuralArgument: really this headline with what happened at the rally?


That's the joke, dumbass
 
2013-04-21 12:26:25 AM  
This is from the Vail Pass report linked above.  We ski this all the time from snowmobiles.  However, we don't ski the slide path, you see the area just to the right (west) where there's open area surrounded by trees?  That's the place!  Big boulders covered with 5-12' of snow, we call it the mushroom field.  Amazing, you just drop from one to the next in big powder poofs.  Don't fall in between them though, there be monsters.

Much less avalanche danger because of the trees and boulders.
i.imgur.com
When you get to the bottom of the area I'm talking about you can continue through the trees to the forest road below for your pickup
 
2013-04-21 12:27:06 AM  

tuna fingers: After reading TFA, avalanche deaths are on the rise given the beacon technology. Fark.


This wasn't that... this group (I know at least one of them) is all pretty experienced in backcountry snowboarding... it wasn't a group of tools who think that gear is gonna rescue them from anything. =/ This wasn't a case of rooks not respecting the mountain.
 
2013-04-21 12:30:07 AM  
I want to say something good about the headline, but this is really sad.

Used to ski the pass all the time when I lived in Co.  We were pretty low-tech, never had avalanche beacons, but we kept it pretty much in the winter season, before stuff starts melting.

Goddammit...can this week just be over, yet?
 
2013-04-21 12:31:11 AM  

haterade: I feel like 1100ft isn't that far for an avalance


A 1100 vertical feet, everything around here (pretty much) is measured in vertical. When the snow is blasting you at 120 mph and burying you 6+ feet down and only god knows which end up, its far, it's bad, and even if you know what you're doing, you're very much at mother nature's mercy.
 
2013-04-21 12:32:41 AM  

ski9600: This is from the Vail Pass report linked above.  We ski this all the time from snowmobiles.  However, we don't ski the slide path, you see the area just to the right (west) where there's open area surrounded by trees?  That's the place!  Big boulders covered with 5-12' of snow, we call it the mushroom field.  Amazing, you just drop from one to the next in big powder poofs.  Don't fall in between them though, there be monsters.

Much less avalanche danger because of the trees and boulders.
[i.imgur.com image 639x426]
When you get to the bottom of the area I'm talking about you can continue through the trees to the forest road below for your pickup


hey neighbor.
 
2013-04-21 12:33:45 AM  

firefly212: This wasn't a case of rooks not respecting the mountain.


No, this was a case of people who should have known better not respecting the mountain. A load of heavy new snow on top of old weak powder, and they cut across the top of the shelf on snowmobiles for the drop-off? That's like mooning a statue of Poseidon on your way out of the harbor for a fishing run...
 
2013-04-21 12:37:23 AM  
The victims all had avalanche beacons, Krueger added.

Jesus, I thought that said bacon.

/going to bed
 
2013-04-21 12:38:24 AM  
It's always a good idea to stick to A-basin for spring skiing. It's safer, it's open late in the year, and least they use the avalanche cannons there.

But If you're going to do Loveland pass, I concur, definitely stay in the trees area.

R.I.P. boarders.
 
2013-04-21 12:38:45 AM  

LoneVVolf: firefly212: This wasn't a case of rooks not respecting the mountain.

No, this was a case of people who should have known better not respecting the mountain. A load of heavy new snow on top of old weak powder, and they cut across the top of the shelf on snowmobiles for the drop-off? That's like mooning a statue of Poseidon on your way out of the harbor for a fishing run...


You're talkin about Vail, I'm talkin about Loveland... idk what happened at Vail, and I don't think I know anyone going there today.
 
2013-04-21 12:41:52 AM  

cc_rider: It's always a good idea to stick to A-basin for spring skiing. It's safer, it's open late in the year, and least they use the avalanche cannons there.

But If you're going to do Loveland pass, I concur, definitely stay in the trees area.

R.I.P. boarders.


We have em here at WP/MJ, and I'd say the cirque is as fun as east wall. Generally though, pretty much everyone on resort can count on patrol to do avy mitigation... the places where you really need to know what you're doing are generally unmanaged park land.
 
2013-04-21 12:45:40 AM  

Gyrfalcon: tuna fingers: After reading TFA, avalanche deaths are on the rise given the beacon technology. Fark.

More people taking stupid chances.

My sister was skiing at this resort this weekend. She does not take stupid chances.


I'll take a wild guess that your sister doesn't have the balls or skill to venture outside the blue runs.
 
2013-04-21 12:51:32 AM  
You get what you get and you don't throw a fit.

R.I.P. Dudes.
 
2013-04-21 12:53:18 AM  

AuralArgument: really this headline with what happened at the rally?


Well 5/6 of them died so they would still have been safer at the rally. (Or in Boston)
 
Ehh
2013-04-21 12:55:41 AM  

ski9600: Also, this seems to fit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4WUlNSx_Wk


It always fits.
 
2013-04-21 01:01:37 AM  

firefly212: We have em here at WP/MJ, and I'd say the cirque is as fun as east wall.


We were dawn patrolling Monday over at East Portal (just the other side of the Indian Peaks from WP/the Jane) and heard some pretty loud rumbles.  It could have also been Eldora blowing off the last of their charges, too.

/snow in the glades was outstanding.
//at least in the Front Range, it's been so warm this week, there's sun crust on everything on top 'a sugar...pretty sketchy
///sad news for those riders' families... :(
 
2013-04-21 01:06:28 AM  
 
2013-04-21 01:14:58 AM  
I know some kids (16-21) out of Castle Rock that do this sort of thing so I was kinda worried until I read about the beacons. They all have that "we're young we'll never die" attitude. Then I realized it was 4/20 so I know they weren't up there snowboarding, just dodging bullets in Denver.
 
2013-04-21 01:26:38 AM  

Abox: What it might look like to die in an avalanche..


I think you should've NSFW that.
 
2013-04-21 01:31:56 AM  
I read a story in the NYTimes about a similar incident in Washington, at Stevens Pass. A bunch of skiers and I think a few snowboarders, all of them very, very experienced, 3 died.

One of the ones who lived had an avalance survival airbag thing. I understand they are not perfect but can improve the odds, yet they are somehow not very common in the US. I wonder if any of these guys had one?
 
2013-04-21 01:33:08 AM  
Some say they're dead.  Some say they never will be.
 
2013-04-21 01:37:12 AM  

adamatari: I read a story in the NYTimes about a similar incident in Washington, at Stevens Pass. A bunch of skiers and I think a few snowboarders, all of them very, very experienced, 3 died.

One of the ones who lived had an avalance survival airbag thing. I understand they are not perfect but can improve the odds, yet they are somehow not very common in the US. I wonder if any of these guys had one?


Did the MIT cop have a vest on?  There you go.
Also, Kevin Nealon is very funny:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mptT4YDAsZg
 
2013-04-21 01:40:46 AM  

Mark Ratner: Gyrfalcon: tuna fingers: After reading TFA, avalanche deaths are on the rise given the beacon technology. Fark.

More people taking stupid chances.

My sister was skiing at this resort this weekend. She does not take stupid chances.

I'll take a wild guess that your sister doesn't have the balls or skill to venture outside the blue runs.


You would be wrong on both counts.

She's been skiing for about 30+ years in mostly black diamond terrain. What she does have is brains.
 
2013-04-21 01:44:08 AM  
Well, my sister is pretty tough too. I'd reckon she'd kick your sister's ass in a heartbeat.
 
2013-04-21 01:48:50 AM  
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Wanted for questioning.
 
2013-04-21 02:10:51 AM  

tuna fingers: Well, my sister is pretty tough too. I'd reckon she'd kick your sister's ass in a heartbeat.


That's possible. She's kind of a weenie.
 
2013-04-21 02:16:42 AM  
They French-fried when they should have pizza'd
 
2013-04-21 02:23:14 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Mark Ratner: Gyrfalcon: tuna fingers: After reading TFA, avalanche deaths are on the rise given the beacon technology. Fark.

More people taking stupid chances.

My sister was skiing at this resort this weekend. She does not take stupid chances.

I'll take a wild guess that your sister doesn't have the balls or skill to venture outside the blue runs.

You would be wrong on both counts.

She's been skiing for about 30+ years in mostly black diamond terrain. What she does have is brains.


Okay, I respect your sister and you too. But please don't say she's all high and mighty and knows more than these guys. They took a chance and figured it was safe in numbers. Shiat happens....you make it sound like these poor guys deserved it. :-(
 
2013-04-21 02:26:52 AM  

ski9600: Abox: What it might look like to die in an avalanche..

I think you should've NSFW that.



Spoiler: Nobody dies, It just looks scary as hell.


What it might look like to ski Loveland Pass through the trees:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWRlMgDtKeU

We used to go to full moon keg parties there too.  Wonder if people still do that?
 
2013-04-21 02:41:47 AM  
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