I'm sure Newfydog has his good reasons for deleting his post here; although I see him more as a hero on the matter. I hope he will soon post back with what ever he is free to say. So far in the news
|at the Fernie Alpine Resort – nine skiers are recovering from a near miss with an avalanche. They were within the bounds of the ski hill, when the avalanche swept in from outside the boundary. Resort spokesperson Matt Mosteller says the skiers were partially buried, but "got wrapped up in snow" and were rescued quickly. "There was a patrol member who was there, actually on the same area, and was on site immediately to help those people out.
Fernie had received more than 50 centimetres of snow in 48 hours, resulting in the resort closing more than half of its runs on Sunday because of the risk of an avalanche. The Canadian Avalanche Association says there is still a considerable avalanche risk for most mountain areas in southern B.C."
This is an Audio file concerning the news http://vancouver.cbc.ca/clips/Vancou...now_060109.ram
Good luck, and hope to hear from you soon Newfy.
Edit: Newfydog was not free to comment on the case. According to later reports and public accounts, the slide came from above the area and ran 1300 metres, a good part of that down a trail called Arrow which had just opened. The patroller who shall remain nameless, was on Arrow with a family of four treating an injury to a boy, waiting for the toboggan to come. The boy's dad yelled Avalanche! and the patrolman grabbed the boy and started to run to the side. He reported they were hit hard by airborne snow and wind blast, and rolled three times sliding out at the toe of the slide. All involved persons survived. The patrol team arrived and suspecting the mother an injury, loaded her in a the toboggan and took her down.
This was one a heroic account of ski patrol action, and the entire Fernie patrol deserves credit. The decision of ski area management to censor its patrollers from discussing, sharing and learning from this incident is clearly not a common practice at this time throughout the industry. I feel we all benefit from sharing in these experiences, and learning how we can be subject to risks at big mountain ski areas, and how those risks may be mitigated by knowlege of risks, terrain and even the use of RECCO reflectors and Avy Beacons.