The Cost of Comfort
Febuary 22nd 2013 there was an avalanche in Greely Bowl Area (just outside of ski area boundary) 3 where buried, 2 got dug out in time and the 3rd person (from sources it took them 20 minutes to get him out) died
The over sensationalizing of media can be annoying and sometimes ruin the message or the lesson that can be learned. In the general media the persons name will be mentioned a couple times; along with their experience, what gear they were wearing, what the conditions were like, and what the death toll is this year compared to other years. We won’t learn shit from it and go watch another Harlem Shake video while our brains rot, people get fatter, and the planet moves closer to extinction.
The media will get their one punch of traffic to their sites. They will be standing outside harassing people in the parking lots of the ski hill for a statement. They will sell some papers, get some advertising dollars, and walk away with some cash because someone bit the bullet and they will spin the shit out of it.
You get some very educated comments from people that know everything about everything and probably suffer from small dick syndrome of some sort.
Yeah there is a great idea lets let the government tell us what we can and can’t do. Oh and I guess having these people patrolling these areas and handing out these criminal offenses will be doing this for free? They definitely won’t be using your tax dollars. Pretty sure if you have ever been to a ski resort they have it clearly written that you will have to pay for your rescue (In Revelstoke it is 1000$) so you can also go fuck yourself. Pretty sure SAR (search and rescue) is a volunteer based organization that makes most its money fundraising.
We are bombarded with information about conditions and have some pretty insane gear that keep people alive. We get comfortable with ourselves in our riding ability and than with the mountain and the terrain that we frequent. No one in their right mind that has snowboarded a serious amount (50+ days a year) can say they have not put themselves into some very gnarly situations that could of turned out bad. Sometimes we get comfortable with our surrounding and we make decisions based on what it was like the day, week, month before.
Condolences to everyone that has lost someone out there and to the people that will lose someone in the future. Don’t pass judgement on people when they are gone and just think how you would feel if people close to you did the same? People make mistakes and shit happens. We get comfortable in our surroundings. These guys where local to the area and knew where to go when it snowed and what lines to do. They had the knowledge of the mountain they just comfortable with it and that in itself can be a bad combination.
Be safe out there, get educated, keep an eye on the avalanche forecast, always respect the way of mother nature and everyone just shut the fuck up.