I'm not really disagreeing in that dropping an 80 foot wall of rock blind is something I would consider foolhardy.
I'm also not sure if this is something that even happens- as noted, it didn't happen even in the OP's story- a 50 footer is a big difference from an 80 footer. At 50 feet, you would have to hit in just the right way to die, at 80 feet, you have to hit in just the right way to live- huge difference in velocity.
How many people drop 80+ footers unscouted depends on what you consider scouting. Is inspecting the landing area the day before scouting? Is the time you dropped the cliff last season considered scouting? Is having your buddy ski to a point where he can visually look at the landing considered scouting? Is having the film crew in the helicopter with a radio in your ear scouting?
Point being, almost nobody drops something blind. They gather information to suit their level of comfort. If I had to drop the Wolf Creek cliff that started this thread, I would...
1. Personally inspect the approach and landing (I have done this for a better skier than myself that was interested in dropping).
2. Wait for the 3 feet storm cycle.
3. Have a friend ski the chutes to verify depth in the landing.
6. Go off and windmill like crazy to land on the tails.
7. Impact, backslap, and recover my gear.
For others, catching the day with the soft landing and dropping from memory is probably more than enough.
Good post! I think I was still High on O2 at that point. You're correct, it was closer to 40'. I'd be in the same boat as you. Those guys really did no scouting. They were from Crested Butte and it was their first time at WC. I was so stunned by their level of skiing. What they considered normal was Way out of my league.