Originally Posted by Highway Star
You know....POWDR is from the west, too.
Guess what dude? We don't have many avalanches or much super exposed stuff in the east here. Usually, if you're poaching, it isn't all that dangerous.......just thin cover.
The problem is, Closed is Closed. Maybe it was closed cause it was thin cover, maybe it was closed because it was tricky for the average skier but an expert would have no problem with it, or maybe it was closed because there is an unseen hazard that would send even a world cup skier hurtling into the woods. For an extreme example, you see a closed trail they are blowing snow on, so you figure they probably didn't put down enough snow to open it for the general public yet, but you don't mind maybe dinging a rock or 2, so you duck the rope. Just as you're getting to the headwall and loving life on this fresh man-made, you hit what skis like porcelin. seems this single gun's air hose clogged during the night and the gun spewed water. Wow, even your 1/3 beveled freshly tuned Atomic GS12's aren't holding an edge. No problem you figure, you'll just wait it out and turn when you get back in snow. Uh, Oh, the trail bends, you're heading for the trees, picking up speed and ......
What are we supposed to do in that case, put up a "Closed, We Really Really Mean it This Time" rope? You may think we closed that trail for one reason, and you may have guessed wrong. Ask a patroller before you duck the rope, If you're cool about it, most times he'll tell you if it's OK. Locals at my area ask me all the time if a trail is OK.
The dumbass of the decade a few years ago, when he left his girlfriend on the side of a closed trail to get help, was quoted by the ski patroller he found at the lift line "oh, we ski closed trails all the time." Last I heard, she's a vegetable, and her family is suing the dumbass.
|Does ski patrol sweep closed runs out East?
If we know it was skied, and we have the manpower who wants to risk whatever there is to risk (life, limb, or equipment), yes, but we're not obligated to, and many times we don't.