Originally Posted by racermom
"Openmindedness, willingness, and acute awareness are far more valuable in the bc than ego."
Actually, I think the most valuable thing you can have in the backcountry is knowledge. What you read as "anger" I read as fear...the fear of having to have yet another thread about somebody being killed because they were not prepared. I am glad that you ended the day ok.
I posted asking about snow coverage and terrain. I was concerned because I was skiing with people I had not skied with in an area I had not skied. I feel the question was entirely appropriate. The fact that they had skied there is irrellevant to me. I am the person I rely on for my safety, not ski patrol, not friends, not anyone. 75% of people killed in the BC are experienced in the BC. Experience means nothing. I thought the "more on morons in the bc" tag was funny, at first, then I realised that someone who wanted to ask a question concerning BC conditions might be deterred from asking. The link was excellent though. The fact is that of all the people who posted only one gave me real useful info, and yes I do know not to traverse any slope where the stability of the snowpack is questionable. One poster suggested I ski the leeward side of the slope during a snowstorm and suggested this would be safer, while also suggesting I didn't sound experienced. I've had fun with some of my posts, but never about something potentially life threatening. Forums like this one have the ability to save lives. I refuse to be responsible for anyones fear but my own. I will say the snowpack was stable. The top of the pass was wind scoured with the wind depositing the snow in the direction of A-Basin. Winds were 60 mph. It did get warmer later in the day and this should help solidify the snowpack on the leeward side. Also watch weather conditions in the next few weeks because if this top gets loaded it could easily slide if it does not get consolidated. On a side note as I know some of you are big fans of Keystone; Keystone resort has an unstable snowpack. Weak layers underneath cause me concern, I would be surprised if they did not have an inbounds slide before the end of the season.