Originally Posted by bud heishman
Yale Spina and Jerry Puryear and Gerilyn Ewing were all expert skiers, in fact the two men were past professional skiers.
I stayed at Benson Hut (with a guide) half a decade ago when I had first started backcountry skiing. I already had been an expert skier for decades and had been coaching alpine racing for over a decade. That did not contribute at all to my avalanche safety (and if anything probably created the dangerous tendency to seek out steeper terrain that my skiing skills could handle, but that my avy evaluation skills could not).
Anyway, here's an excerpt from yet another popular press account:
[Randall] Osterhuber [a director with the rescue team who helped with
the recovery effort], who had been teaching an avalanche safety course on
Summit that Sunday morning, said the new snow from the recent storm
fell on top of layers of snow that had not bonded well – making the
slopes ripe for avalanches.
"That morning was one of the most unstable mornings in my ski career,"
he said. "Everything we touched avalanched. Everything avalanched
naturally. Forty feet out of the car I knew it was a pretty special
day – it was a good day for accidents to occur."
He said skiers venturing into the backcountry should have taken extra
caution under such extreme conditions.
"The signs were not subtle and they were everywhere," he said.
Full story here:http://www.rgj.com/news/stories/html...sp7=umbrel la