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Yet another sad tree well story...

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See http://www.krcrtv.com/news/26919815/detail.html   .   The expert rider was physically fit and dressed properly, which become irrelevant factors after falling into a tree well.

 

Kindly see  http://www.treewelldeepsnowsafety.com/   for more information about tree wells.  

 

My son could have easily lost his life to a tree well last year, and the experience is one we'll never forget.  I hope the posting of these sad reminders will help save a  life.

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Winter Park lost another local last week due to a tree well.  He was a longtime local. I pulled off the highway as many SAR vehicles headed up to the resort around 5:30 that evening - I knew it wasn't going to end well. There was more extreme sadness in town.  It was just a few weeks after another local died in an avalanche.  http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/26849118/detail.html

 

A-Basin lost their long-time Snow Safety Director this week from a heart attack while hiking up Highlands Bowl at Aspen Highlands.  He was a really great guy.  A great tribute on vimeo  The flyover (@11:36 min) of ski patrols at Aspen Highlands, Copper Mountain, Keystone, and Breckenridge on the sad Flight for Life helicopter ride from Aspen to A-Basin is a pretty moving tribute.  RIP Leif.

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Last March holding a rescue dog demonstration at Winter Park for Eukanuba dog food.  Look close and you'll find the A-Basin logos.

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I hate hearing about stuff like this.  Thoughts go out to their family and friends.  Be safe out there people.

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Quote:Originally Posted by daysailer1 View Post

Winter Park lost another local last week due to a tree well. 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel lucky to have counted Dave as a good friend.  Here's what the local paper said.
 

 

If you choose to ski the trees, please click the second link in quant2325's post.  Read it even if you already know it.

 

In fact, here it is again.

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It is horribly sad.  So sorry to hear of another loss.

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Very sad indeed. I was at Mt. Shasta over the weekend, and the search and rescue operation was huge. Weather surely didnt help the efforts as it snowed non-stop on Saturday, and most of the area was covered in fog. Condolences to the friends and family.

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Very sad,  condolenses to the family and friends, and again, if you ski trees...ski west...ski powder, read the posted link and know what to do, at least have a chance.  I've skied all my life, skied lots of trees and never knew the dangers of tree wells until I read about them on epic.  The information possibly saved me last year when upon flying backwards into a tree well in Utah last year I realized what was happening, didn't laugh, as i might have if i'd not known of them, and instead grabbed tree branches to hang on to. 

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Very sad,  condolenses to the family and friends, and again, if you ski trees...ski west...ski powder, read the posted link and know what to do, at least have a chance.  I've skied all my life, skied lots of trees and never knew the dangers of tree wells until I read about them on epic.  The information possibly saved me last year when upon flying backwards into a tree well in Utah last year I realized what was happening, didn't laugh, as i might have if i'd not known of them, and instead grabbed tree branches to hang on to. 


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We need more stories like this.  Thanks for balancing the scales a bit.

 

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The information in the link was informative, but I can tell it must not have been written by skiers:

 

 

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The easiest and most important prevention step is to remain on groomed trails (see Groomed and Ungroomed Trails section). Be aware of the deep ungroomed powder at the very edges of the groomed runs.

 

 

Unless of course it is an ingenious plan by them to keep people out of their fresh tracks. 

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Quote:Originally Posted by daysailer1 View Post

Winter Park lost another local last week due to a tree well. 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel lucky to have counted Dave as a good friend.  Here's what the local paper said.
 

 

If you choose to ski the trees, please click the second link in quant2325's post.  Read it even if you already know it.

 

In fact, here it is again.


The SIerra Monster storms have blessed us with some amazing snow as well as some amazing tree wells.  

Thanks for the nudge that we can never be too safe.

 

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