We've had a few discussions in the past about whether or not wearing an avalanche beacon in bounds is overkill or if its just another added measure of safety.
Outside Online has an article about the increased risk skiing in bounds as resorts stretch their boundary limits and skiers demand more adventurous terrain added to their lift served experience.
Snip from beginning of article:
Since 1950, when we started keeping track of such things, 37 people have died in avalanches at ski areas, in terrain that was open for skiing. And fully 30 percent of those fatalities occurred in the past decade. “That’s a disturbing trend,” says Bruce Tremper, longtime director of the Utah Avalanche Center.
Recently, the numbers have translated into a few skiers each year. The deaths range from a 21-year-old in 2008 skiing near Poulsen’s Gulley, at Squaw Valley in California, to a father of two in 2012 skiing the glades at Winter Park, Colorado. Near misses are happening, too: in just one day last February, six people were partially buried in three separate incidents at Washington’s Mission Ridge, five of them while skiing ungroomed slopes that were open to the public. One bowl that slid had been bombed nine times in two days, says Brad Whiting, the ski-patrol director.
Have stories and discussions like these made you think......"Hmmmm, maybe I'll put a beacon on today before I hit the lift lines"?
*And that's just a handful of discussions about in bounds avalanches
Edited by Trekchick - 10/7/14 at 6:42am