CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED LAST YEAR IN THE SIDE COUNTRY because I can only find a couple on line, I am betting that more people die INBOUNDS from hitting trees then avalanches in the side country??? And more people die driving to and from the ski resort then all snow related deaths totaled... I am not saying that it's safer in the side country, But I am saying that this thread is WAY WAY WAY overblown....
Well, here is one incident that claimed 3 and could've been many more.
2 died in the east Vail chutes in 2008
There was a out of bounds death of an off-duty ski patroller at Aspen in 2009 or 2010.
Not as uncommon as you think. And these are just the ones I remember off of the top of my head.