Originally Posted by BriantheBrain
So Ive skied untracked powder in the resort before, just not from the top to the bottom. The rope was being cut by a good few people, I skied down to the condos. I don't think it was "closed" I think it was just the edge of the trail. I really dont know. At first I felt really bad about this post, then I realized that I was not mean spirited and that some of you are just jerks.
So tell me this- A person that has never skied backcountry before has to take a class, buy a ton of gear and meet a knowledgeable partner before he or she ever try it once?
How did snowshoe Thompson ever survive? How many BC skiers here have been buried in an avalanche? Ill bet half the people in this thread have never skied the backcountry. People love creating fear, personally I think there is a way to go BC skiing at least once without all that. I talked to an actual bc skier and he told me to wait until spring and to go out early on a cold day, do something mellow. He said I could rent gear if I wanted. None of you "idiots" said that.
have fun calling me more names, I really dont care
I'm not going to call you an idiot, but I know exactly where you skied and you weren't exactly in huge danger, but that isn't the point. Cutting a rope is a ticket to getting lost, or killed. Do you have any idea how many people have skied off the backside of Alpine Meadows then had to be rescued?? The answer is a lot, in fact the patrol can almost tell you to within a quarter mile where they will end up. There are places just outside the boundary at Alpine that will slide easily and will kill you or at the very least mess you up bad.
I think the responses you got here were people trying to make you understand the danger of not knowing what you are doing, in the backcountry. I know it is the "cool" thing to be these days is a backcountry skier, in fact there are places in Tahoe that I will no longer backcountry ski, because they are over ran by people that are just flat STUPID and clueless and therefore can put my life in danger by their actions. That is the bottom line, is that if you do something stupid in the backcountry your actions can effect a lot of people not just you.
I don't know where you find people to teach you this, but the first thing is you need the gear. Not renting it, buying it, touching it, owning it. A "avalanche radio" or transceiver is something you need be very familiar with if you intend on going into the back country. Take a avalanche course please, this will teach you the basis of snow science, that would also be a place to find a partner and then go slow, you have to crawl before you can walk. I was lucky my friends when I started going into the back country were patrollers and guides in AK, the amount of knowledge these people have pasted on to me has helped keep me safe and more importantly the people around me in the backcountry safe as well.
The point of skiing in the backcountry is to connect with the mountains and your friends and well to get some untracked snow, NOT to end up dead. To do this you have to have a basic knowledge base.