Originally Posted by Lars
I guess by the facts that the last two victims of Avalanches in Utah were out of towners, the locals know enough to stay out of the backcountry and somehow we all hope the word gets out for visitors to stick to the Resorts.
What scares me is quality Heli Guides taking people into uncontrolled situations. That's unbelievable.
It's all about the $ for the heli outfits. I think guides get pressured and get themselves and their clients into unsafe situations.
In Jan 05, British Columbia had a period where the avy situation was rated as extreme everywhere. Some of the worst in recent history. Every mountain you looked at around here had big naturals everywhere. Nobody around here even thought about going into the back country. The local hill totally shut down one day, so did many highways throughout BC in avalanche terrain.
In the Revelstoke area, the heli operation Selkirk Tangiers still went out skiing and killed 2 people on a 25° slope. From what I understand it wasn't triggered by the skiiers but was a natural that came from the steeper terrain above. Why were they there in the first place in extreme avalanche conditions?
Personally I wouldn't put my life in the hands of any heli guide during periods of high or extreme conditions. But this is JMHO...maybe I'm old fashioned.