Wow, I had forgotten about this thread! Have a hard time letting go, Bob???
That IS a cool video you found, though, but can you prove conclusively that aliens didn't set it off? I hear they're pretty clever about covering their tracks.
In any case, I hope you didn't seek that out on my account, because....
1) I never said inbounds avalanches don't happen.
2) I never said people don't get caught in inbounds avalanches.
3) I never even said that people aren't killed on rare occasions by inbounds avalanches.
What I said was that your odds of being killed by an inbounds avalanche on an open an unrestricted run are infinitesimally tiny.....1 in many millions. I stick by that.
There's a lot of equivocation in many of the above posts, but I don't see anyone disputing the actual hard numbers involved, which I believe anyone would agree are taken from a quite credible source. To add to that, MSNBC recently reported that only 40-some people have been killed nationwide by inbounds avalanches since 1950.
Obviously, people can gear up for avis while skiing exclusively inbounds if they so choose, but I still say it's "armored underwear" overkill. While their record may not be absolutely perfect, it's close enough to perfect that I'm more than comfortable trusting Ski Patrol to keep open runs as safe as any skier can reasonably expect.
Aren't you Ski Patrol, Bob? Whether you are or aren't, I'll add....
4) I never questioned your competence or experience with respect to avi gear and training, only its necessity within the strict confines of skiing only inbounds and within the ropes.
Anyway, if it makes you feel better, I'll start carrying a note in my pocket that says something like, "Bob Lee warned me, and I wouldn't listen." That way if an inbounds avalanche kills me, the newspaper accounts will mention that authorities are baffled by the cryptic note found in the victim's (my) pocket, and you can bask in the warmth of having "won" an internet spat!
Can I get that Bro-Hug now???