Thanks for the link Joe! Gonna but my 2 day tickets to Silverton Mtn this weekend
! Can't flippin wait!
So.. I read the whole article. The last part where Dan wrote a letter to Chris' GF was what choked me up the most, "I dug as hard and fast as I could" <- tear shed. I had prepared to discuss the details about what went wrong and the key things the group didn't seem to do, such as dig a pit, but it's a moot point. The main factor was that powder fever, no one listened to their gut and spoke up about it. A false positive due to group skill, experience, and history. Admittedly, all the signs saying it was not a good day/spot for powder harvesting were present and ignored. I PDF'd this article to read every season as a reminder not to be powder blind, to go through the checklist of signs, and most importantly to speak up when I feel something isn't right. This is a sad stoy that will be even more tragic if can't learn from it. May we never forget the events that happened that day. My heart goes out to the families and friends that will forever be effected by this loss.