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Boulder man dies under snow at ski area

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Very sad -- young man dead at Steamboat.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_17649035

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Sad, once again reinforces the rule to not venture off-piste or wooded areas alone.....or just avoid it all together like me wink.gif

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...or get to know the intended area intimately during off-season.

 

Read the his being "an experienced" with raised eyebrow.  As in just WHERE was his experience gathered.

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At Howelson too. I wonder where.
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So sad, sorry to see this.

 

I have rarely slied real back country and I am a very cautious skier generally skiing most every day on slopes below my skill level. I like it that way, less like work for me.

 

But once or twice upon a time, I fell backwards into deep snow landing with skis above head and it took a very long time to get out.  the level of exhaustion really almost did me in and I dont think I would make it through a similar situation at my currernt age of 150 years old.  I really think that if the same bacwards skis above head predicament happened to me now that I would not be able to recover.

 

God bless that man and those who love him.

 

But what usually happens in these situations?  Is it the backward fall-trap like I had or what generally happens short of avalanche or injury?

 

My prayers are with the family.

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Originally Posted by HaveSkisWillClimb View Post
Read the his being "an experienced" with raised eyebrow.  As in just WHERE was his experience gathered.

The word "experienced" was not used at all in the article.  His stepfather called him "avid" and "accomplished."  The first just means he truly liked skiing and the second doesn't really mean anything except that in his stepfather's eyes he was pretty good.

 

Very sad, most likely another tree well victim, or he somehow became unconscious and fell face down in the snow.

 

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More info:

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_17645604

 

Quote:

Howelsen Ski Patrol began searching for Larsh about 8 p.m. and found him at about 9:30 p.m. partially buried headfirst in deep snow by the alpine slide, an attraction operated at the ski area during the summer. Larsh had apparently suffocated on snow in the area, which is off-limits to skiers.

"What it looked like to me is he hit a bump, went airborne, landed, hit another bump, ejected from his skis, went airborne and went headfirst into a snowbank," Steamboat Springs Police Detective Nick Bosick said. "It's an unfortunate accident."

 

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More information and less speculation:

http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2011/mar/18/police-howelsen-skier-likely-suffocated/

I had a similar experience a year ago where I became a lawn dart and my upper body penetrated the significant crust. I was completely helpless, suspended in the air, and my airway filled with sugar. I was suffocating. Fortunately, two skiers came upon me and dug me out. Very frightening.

Sorry to hear about this tragedy.

Mike
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