Originally Posted by Ske-Bum
It is probably a good thing you did edit your post, because it was one long run-on sentence that made very little sense as does the above response. Let's put it this way, I will take the advice of my friends who happen to work in the real live world of skiing, not the internet world of skiing, over your advice all day long. Been in the Tahoe backcountry many times with these people and on peaks in AK with them in all kinds of conditions and I'm still here. Some days we ski, some days we don't. I don't know where you live or how much you ski, but I would put their and my education in snow safety over yours, unless you happen to be head of snow safety somewhere or maybe run a heli operation in AK, which I doubt.
":It is this author’s opinion that the old rule “avoid
steep slopes when snow is unstable” has in recent
years morphed into a rule of “it’s alright to venture
onto steep slopes during periods of unstable snow
as along as one stays in tight trees.” This new
practice is misguided and results in greater risks. If
there is room to ski and link turns, there is room to
release an avalanche." [Emphasis added] Dale Atkins, http://arc.lib.montana.edu/snow-science/objects/issw-2012-736-739.pdf
Just personal opinion, but Dale Atkins has a pretty good education in snow safety. One might even say he's been a snow safety professional.
" - Use vegetation to read the slope, but don’t depend on sparse trees to anchor the snow. If conditions are touchy, only trees tight enough to make you cuss will hold snow from avalanching." https://www.wildsnow.com/10713/small-avalanche-safety/ Again, Lou Dawson is more than a little clueful when it comes to snow safety.
In the real world, as noted the focus of avy ed has been on skiable trees as potential areas of weakness, and of heightened consequence, when making terrain management decisions. This has been true for some years. (Not that anchoring can't also happen, but in terms of risk management that's not the focus.)
These are facts.
What we are seeing here in this thread is a few posters taking a counterfactual position, that if followed will in fact expose readers to heightened levels of risk in real life. Yes, there is the (misguided) idea out there that the trees are safer. That's why real-world avy ed people like Dale Atkins try to educate people that it is not a sound rule to follow.
Why people want to persist in advancing a false and, in real life, dangerous idea is always an odd question. Some mentioning "peaks in AK" as if that experience is at all relevant to whether skiable trees are safer is pretty funny among other things. I would advise anyone reading this thread to note that some of the posters claiming, even now, that trees are safer as a general rule, tend to put up dodgy advice on all matters related to snow safety.