You know something Bushwhacker, you are either an idiot or a jackass, I can't figure out which. You use phrases like, "they had it coming" and "I have no sympathy". Really you have no sympathy when women and children get hurt?? Are you some sort of Rambo badass or just trying to be cool? Maybe you are so perfect you have never set off a slide of any sort.
I had a friend at the event, and for the record smart guy, there would have been more people dead, if it wasn't for the avalanche training and fast thinking of the people that survived the slide. Everyone had a beacon and everyone knew how to use it, so there goes that misinformed theory of yours. Now I know that you are a back country god there at Stowe, but people get killed in avalanches even when there are no warnings posted, or they are professionals doing their job.
Now holding the event in those conditions is questionable, but this isn't the kind of thing you just move to the next weekend. People drive from as far away as AK to go to this event. It is also very easy to sit on your computer and play monday morning quarterback, saying stuff like, "I would never do that I have too much back country experience, yada, yada, yada". Spare me. You may not like snowmobilers, hell I don't like people from Stowe with your attitude, but I would never wish pain and suffering on them.