Ullr - he was a Stowe local. Well known and liked. I don't think many people really wanted to talk about it. It's not like something in the news. It happened here to someone we know. On Wednesday, I was riding the gondola with some people that were talking about it. In the corner was one of jhis friends not saying anything.
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On the subject of East Coast Avalanches, if you look in the DVD extras section of Schooled, thier 2004/05 movie, there is a section on avalanche awareness. They went and took an avy course last year after getting sluffed out on Mansfield twice. One of them is on video. You see the avalanche coming and then the camera just goes to static. There is also a section called Joe's Cliff, and that's a different story. A lot of the terrain that is skiied in the BC on Mansfield is waterfalls in the summer, so really just pure blue ice, and pretty hard for the snow to really stick to it. I've gotten stuff sliding too. The difference is that the Ultimate Chutes where they were skiing are completely cliffed out. At the bottom you have to make a big traverese to get around the cliff that Alec was swept over.