man down - telemark skier....RIP. Heroic rescue effort by the rangers but Agiocochook has claimed another. Takeaway - probably better to choose the open slope versus a tight ravine when possible.
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I just noticed this. Thanks for posting this very detailed and disturbing account. Sad for the victim and his family. This is a reminder to me why I ski only low-angled terrain and stay out of run-out-zones and terrain traps. There is just too much variability in the snowpack; especially with the greater the distance skied. Wind loading and temperature gradients= slab formation and faceted snow creation.
This tragedy hit home with me too - I've always wanted to ski Raymond Cataract - looks like a spectacular line. A long alpine descent. You ski straight down the summit snowfields into a massive, pristine bowl. This guy felt the same pull, none of his friends would go, so he said wtf, I'll just go myself...I've done the same thing a million times. It was spring, the snow was mostly consolidated. It's unbelievable they nearly saved him, they fought hard for it, really sucks.
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