I was at SR that morning (Christmas) and in fact I had ridden the chair over White Heat about 15 mins before the accident because I wanted to ski it. All of the trails there had been fairly icy the day before due to the rain and freezing temps on Thursday night, and White Heat didn't look too good to me on Sat. morning, so I said no thanks and went down a different way. The next lift I got on, I was riding with a patrol guy who was listening to a report about the accident, as it had just happened, and he told me it sounded like the guy wasn't going to make it.
I hate to sound harsh, but sometimes it is all about exercising good judgment. There is a lift that goes right over that trail and anybody can look at it and judge the conditions and see if it is something you want to ski. To me there's no shame in saying, I'd rather save it for another day. THe next day, they were blowing snow all over that trail and it was awesome.