You brought up an interesting point. While reading the article, I kept getting quite puzzled at why those two "local experts" went right, the more risky line... They should have been the ones who knew which were the safer lines!
But maybe that's the reason, the safer lines was no longer virgin! So for once, they gambled on the risker lines because the large group just "used up" the safer lines?
The article describes peoples style: Chris = competitive; Jack = casual; Elyse = ripping like a pro, and so on.
No one was described as repressing their desire to show their skills and rip it up, slowing down and doing a few exploratory cuts before dropping into the main lines.
The article repeatedly refers to a high status attributed to members of the posse. Could be that some skiers even believed it, which is always going to cloud your vision.
NYC, how many reasons can you list that explain Chris and Jack going right? And were they committed to the safety plan of staying left that was brought up before the group assembled and departed. (quote: some members did not know what others were thinking)
Edited by davluri - 12/22/12 at 12:42pm