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(Chicago Trib)   That avalanche in Montana that buried three people and destroyed a house? Yeah, it was caused by a snowboarder   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 80
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2014-03-02 10:41:55 AM  
We must outlaw Assault Snowboards.
 
2014-03-02 11:01:51 AM  
He was poaching a run?  Yeah, he should be prosecuted.
 
2014-03-02 11:54:30 AM  
But... he loves to snowboard, and he wanted to ride that particular run.  Why shouldn't he be allowed to do what makes him happy?  It's not his fault the snow fell in a way that was dangerous.  If you want to blame someone, blame nature, dood.
 
2014-03-02 01:12:19 PM  
THANKS SNOW-BOARDA!
 
2014-03-02 01:13:08 PM  
My ex moved out there and loves him some snowboarding, so I choose to believe he did it and will point and laugh accordingly.
 
2014-03-02 01:14:08 PM  
Yo momma so fat, her nickname is Mt Jumbo.

/but she's always open for recreational use
 
2014-03-02 01:16:23 PM  
Some will die in hot pursuit while sifting through the ashes ...
 
2014-03-02 01:16:52 PM  
Snowboarder hate thread?
 
2014-03-02 01:17:10 PM  
If that snowboarder hadn't been there, there would have been a worse avalanche next week.

Your logic is impeccable, submittard.
 
2014-03-02 01:20:16 PM  
Snowboarders are inconsiderate dicks. One plowed right into my mom on the bunny slope last year and then boarded off in a hurry. Mom was alright; but, now, we all have to wear helmets. Thanks, snow'bama!
 
2014-03-02 01:21:55 PM  
Why are they building houses below where avalanches happen?

Or, why aren't they using avalanche mitigation techniques more frequently?
 
2014-03-02 01:23:22 PM  
I thought avalanches were caused by heavy snowpack on steep ridges?
 
2014-03-02 01:23:29 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: THANKS SNOW-BOARDA!


While your comment captures more of the supposed cause of the incident, I think "SNOWBAMA" would work better, just for how it sounds.

But, isn't this really the fault of the people that maintain the slope? Avalanches are caused by layers of snow forming from different snowfalls; the top layer can slide over the bottom layer, which is what an avalanche is.

At properly maintained winter sports resorts, people go out with explosives to disrupt the layers before they become an issue.
 
2014-03-02 01:25:59 PM  
RADICAL! I knew I was riding some sweet narn arm that day!
 
2014-03-02 01:27:06 PM  
I thought avalanches were caused by heavy snowpack on steep ridges?


Any slope over 30 degrees can have an avalanche.
 
2014-03-02 01:27:49 PM  

drumhellar: Why are they building houses below where avalanches happen?

Or, why aren't they using avalanche mitigation techniques more frequently?


Area was closed for around 3 months for elk to graze. Maybe that was a factor for that.
 
2014-03-02 01:30:47 PM  
Old snowboarder joke:
What's the difference between a vacuum cleaner and a snowboard?  You can get the dirtbag off the vacuum cleaner.
 
2014-03-02 01:31:53 PM  
The snowboarder may have triggered it, but it would have come down eventually.  The moral of the story is to not build your house in an avalanche path/flood plain/earthquake zone/tornado alley/coastline/trailer park or Florida.
 
2014-03-02 01:33:52 PM  

BigSnatch: Snowboarder hate thread?


No just D-bags who hurt others due to their selfish behavior no matter what the activity.
 
2014-03-02 01:34:09 PM  

iheartscotch: Snowboarders are inconsiderate dicks. One plowed right into my mom on the bunny slope last year and then boarded off in a hurry. Mom was alright; but, now, we all have to wear helmets. Thanks, snow'bama!


Good thing your mom is used to getting plowed.
 
2014-03-02 01:34:50 PM  
What is the first thing a snowboarder says when you meet him?
Sorry dude.
 
2014-03-02 01:35:47 PM  
I see both Dude and Radical have been covered.

I'm no longer needed in this thread.
 
2014-03-02 01:35:48 PM  
Was his nickname XXX?
 
2014-03-02 01:35:52 PM  

"Among avalanches that affect people, nearly all occur in the snow-covered high country and are mostly triggered by snowmobilers, skiers and snowboarders who are themselves injured or killed by the slide, according to federal avalanche experts."


Just Nature practicing population control is all this is.

 
2014-03-02 01:36:57 PM  
I'm torn here, because the people who hate snowboarders the most are rich skiers. What to do...

I guess I'll just ignore the whole thing and continue to hate skateboarders.
 
2014-03-02 01:38:16 PM  
That avalanche in Montana that buried three people and destroyed a house? Yeah, it was caused by a snowboarder gravity.

FTFY Montana
 
2014-03-02 01:38:46 PM  
I am quite surprised a snowboarder is responsible. First off, you don't find many snowboarders on non-lift accessible terrain. They are just too damn lazy to do the hike. If you do find one hiking, chances are s/he is on a split board and *probably* is a good rider who understands the terrain and dangers.

Don't build your shiat in avalanche runout zones.
 
2014-03-02 01:38:55 PM  
Pretty sure the avalanche was caused by too much snow.
 
2014-03-02 01:41:37 PM  
As someone who lives in a flat state, I'm confused. Was it the snowboarder disrupted large chunks of loose snow on a hill and gravity took over? Did rocks have to be destroyed or weight exceed a certain threshold?

I read the article, but I'm not understanding how one guy can cause an avalanche.
 
2014-03-02 01:42:21 PM  
Skateboarding Snowboarding is NOT a crime!
 
2014-03-02 01:42:41 PM  
How did a snowboarder force them to live in an avalanche prone area?
 
2014-03-02 01:42:44 PM  

Lord Bear: The snowboarder may have triggered it, but it would have come down eventually.  The moral of the story is to not build your house in an avalanche path/flood plain/earthquake zone/tornado alley/coastline/trailer park or Florida.


Beats the hell out of me, but that may not be true.

Sort of like saying all wooden houses will burn to the ground, so it wasn't the fault of the kids playing with matches.

In this case, that run had been closed to create places for elks to graze. If it had remained closed that season, I think (and I know shiat about this) it may have resolved itself.
 
2014-03-02 01:44:16 PM  

RoyBatty: Lord Bear: The snowboarder may have triggered it, but it would have come down eventually.  The moral of the story is to not build your house in an avalanche path/flood plain/earthquake zone/tornado alley/coastline/trailer park or Florida.

Beats the hell out of me, but that may not be true.

Sort of like saying all wooden houses will burn to the ground, so it wasn't the fault of the kids playing with matches.

In this case, that run had been closed to create places for elks to graze. If it had remained closed that season, I think (and I know shiat about this) it may have resolved itself.


I suspect though, whoever closed that ridge will be sued by the homeowners if that meant avalanche preventive measures were stopped.
 
2014-03-02 01:44:49 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: As someone who lives in a flat state, I'm confused. Was it the snowboarder disrupted large chunks of loose snow on a hill and gravity took over? Did rocks have to be destroyed or weight exceed a certain threshold?

I read the article, but I'm not understanding how one guy can cause an avalanche.


He saw his reflection in a snow covered hill. The landslide brought it down.
 
2014-03-02 01:45:13 PM  
For the uninformed, this avalanche impacted a residential neighborhood very near the campus of the largest university in this state. This wasn't some backwoods, two-bit snowjob, there was surely inside help and I look forward to the investigation that will reveal such.
 
2014-03-02 01:45:16 PM  
I'm a snowhoarder. It's ruining my marriage.
 
2014-03-02 01:47:23 PM  

Grumpy Cat: I'm a snowhoarder. It's ruining my marriage.


One of my sisters ditched her husband and two daughters to marry a snowboarder. The other married and divorced a snowboarder. I'm pretty sure there is a theme here.
 
2014-03-02 01:50:48 PM  
If all it took was a snowboarder to cause that avalanche- it was probably going to happen anyways.  Why make the poor boarder feel any worse than he currently feels already.

Living at the bottom of a snow covered mountain has its own inherent risks.
 
2014-03-02 01:51:45 PM  
Avalanches happen, in this case the snowboarder was the trigger, but the slab conditions combined with a record blizzard... if it hadn't been a snowboarder right then, it would have been an elk that night or some other trigger. The reality is that Avys happen all the time, and the only thing you can do is not put yourself in their way...  in this case, that's not a very good place to build a house.
 
2014-03-02 01:56:56 PM  
I noticed that the race was not presented.  Typical.  If someone were to hold up a KFC with a pistol carved from a watermelon rind, you would be quick to point out that they were of a darker skin complexion.
 
2014-03-02 01:59:20 PM  
Mankind has been shredding for thousands of years. The neighborhood that got buried has been there for 100 years and that slope has never let go like this before. But do act smug as if it's the people's fault for building in a spot that has been safe from avalanche since before the saber-tooth tiger.
 
2014-03-02 02:00:40 PM  

powhound: Grumpy Cat: I'm a snowhoarder. It's ruining my marriage.

One of my sisters ditched her husband and two daughters to marry a snowboarder. The other married and divorced a snowboarder. I'm pretty sure there is a theme here.


I'm a snowHoarder.

/I was trying to make a bad joke
 
2014-03-02 02:05:18 PM  
The snowboarder didn't  cause the avalanche. The avalanche was already there just waiting for something to trigger it.

It's not rocket science to predict where avalanches can happen. Why in the hell did someone build a house there?
 
2014-03-02 02:08:16 PM  
You sure it wasn't these guys?

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-02 02:10:51 PM  
If the only thing that the avalanche needed to set it off was a lone snowboarder, it was going to happen.
 
2014-03-02 02:13:55 PM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-02 02:17:13 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: As someone who lives in a flat state, I'm confused. Was it the snowboarder disrupted large chunks of loose snow on a hill and gravity took over? Did rocks have to be destroyed or weight exceed a certain threshold?

I read the article, but I'm not understanding how one guy can cause an avalanche.


Have you seen videos of snow sliding off the roof all at once?  Same thing only much bigger.
 
2014-03-02 02:22:29 PM  

powhound: I am quite surprised a snowboarder is responsible. First off, you don't find many snowboarders on non-lift accessible terrain. They are just too damn lazy to do the hike. If you do find one hiking, chances are s/he is on a split board and *probably* is a good rider who understands the terrain and dangers.

Don't build your shiat in avalanche runout zones.


But the land was sooo cheap, and the area is sooo beautiful, and there aren't any of those people around.
 
2014-03-02 02:22:56 PM  

Grumpy Cat: I'm a snowhoarder. It's ruining my marriage.


But it sounds like you're happy with your choice.
Oh, and when you're slamming down a green, please don't fly up and make a sharp turn 3 feet behind me.  Tho it's loads of fun for you, it makes me think all snowboarders are dicks.  Save those shenanigans for the blacks and blues please.  Pass the word and your collective reputation will improve.
 
2014-03-02 02:28:13 PM  
A picture of the culprit.

cdn.hitfix.com

/"Nothing like fresh powder!"
 
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