Given the right terrain and the right snowfall, inbounds sluffing (and occasional slabs) happen. Look at Mt. Baker - over 320" of snow already and it's not even Christmas. (It makes me cry that I've moved away.) When it snows 20" to 30" every day...and it's dropping 2" per hour while the area is open, inbounds sluffing and sliding happens. Over the years, the patrol has gotten more and more conservative about closing areas when the snowfall gets excessive, but the terrain on that mountain is so varied that there are pockets of loading that are almost impossible to control effectively.
In the 20 years I was there, the number of sluffs inbounds I kicked off was more in the hundreds than the dozens. Buried once, after a 39" overnight snowfall.
When the snow is falling, the locals wear their gear. There have been times when full gear has been required to even access some lifts inbounds. That's a consequence of getting 800" of snow.
That, and you never know when the time might be right for popping out of bounds.
Umm...reading comprehension issues?
I was asking what he meant by over a dozen slides. If he had started lots of sluffs, that as I said is not uncommon, but also not a big deal. I have started sluffs in the Catskills, inbounds. I was I believe the first in this thread to mention sluffs specifically, as a fairly harmless type of sliding snow so long as you don't get kocked over by it.
The simple fact is, large inbounds slides of a serious type are not common on open slopes, and not a meaningful concern to the average lift-served skier who stays on open runs inbounds. Someone who's set off over a dozen class 2 or larger slides, even out of bounds, who is not doing control work or stability testing when doing so will among other things have difficulty finding bc partners. It is pretty simple.
IF patrol suggests or requires you wear gear for a terrain pocket inbounds, by all means wear it. Very few people reading this thread will be accessing terrain this year to which that statement applies. As I have also already said, awareness of terrain is still more important if you actually are concerned about risk mitigation.
It may come as a surprise to the heavy hitters on here, but getting dug out only helps you if you survive the slide (including not suffering severe trauma on the way down), and supposes that either patrol gets to you on a timely basis, and/or that you are skiing with people actually able to operate their gear and dig you out. I know everyone here routinely practices etc. etc., but in the thing known as the real world, very few people do. I know everyone on here is fit and has an efficient shoveling technique, but in the real world that does not apply to very many people, either. In the real world, what happens when you play "find the beacon" is almost always a clusterfrig. In the real world, competent partners are also almost like a dating relationship and valuable.
In terms of actually dealing with risk of instability inbounds, actually knowing the exposure of relevant terrain pockets, recent snow, wind and temp history, whether the area has or has not gotten a lot of skier traffic both since it opened and recently, etc. is going to be a lot more impactful than whether an inbounds skier has gear. In the real world, virtually no one at a resort, even with gear, can actually describe any of those variables accurately.
Kinda funny, but I was the first in this thread to suggest actually being mindful of those important variables before getting panties in a bunch over "gear" inbounds. Gear is cool, for some people even useful. But, shovel beacon and probe ain't gonna help you too much if you get slid into a tree or over a cliff, etc.
So, for a vacation-goer, inbounds slides just aren't a big risk. If they are really concerned about them anyway, they would do a lot better to, say, talk to patrol and actually get the answers to some of those terrain and snow issues, than to run out and buy gear that's not a great insurance policy.
Apologies to anyone offended by my bringing the real world into this.