Assuming we are still discussing the 1st video, its very timely. I just finished my Avi-1 course and we used that video as a case study. I would recommend that you read the letter posted from the burial victim for some important details and background on the incident. The burial victim was the team leader with the most skills and knew the terrain. He did not ensure that the group had the skills, tools or abilities; nor was the path of travel chosen and agreed to. The rescuer was not experienced and did a good job considering the facts. I can tell you after taking the course, you won't look at the mountain the same way again.
I would strongly recommend anyone who ski's inbound, slack or BC that include lines at or above 25* with even occasional short shots of 30* of fresh or ungroomed terrain to take their Avi-1. Some of the basics not followed for sure but one of the first thing was that the Decision Making Framework (DMF) was not applied here. Planning any trip is the 1st thing done. That includes a thorough study of where you are skiing (including reviewing topo maps), WHERE you will ski (and sticking to it) why you are skiing it, who is coming along: their skills, their comfort levels, that all have the tools including beacon, probe shovel (not some and not some with just one or the other; AND the skills to use them). How you will travel and ski the selected terrain. You also need to look at historical data on the snowpack, prior slide history, and the CAIC reports. once you decide to go, you have to work as a team.
Choose your team wisely....
Here's the basics (not in order of importance; all are just as important and interdependent of each other
Edited by Finndog - 1/8/13 at 3:32am