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Body of Missing American Skier Found

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
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Avalanche risk 4 at the time Puzzled
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
I just don't understand it. What switch is it that gets flipped off in the brain, when all the warning signs are there. Skiers must learn to respect the mountains. Bravado is not big or clever.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Off-piste on your own at risk 4 is bordering on the suicidal - I wonder if because he was a Yank with their totally avalanche-controlled inbounds terrain, he just didn't understand what he was doing?
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> ...he just didn't understand what he was doing...

I don't know anything more about him than what was in the article, but my guess is that you are probably right.

He was from the east coast of the USA. Around here, about the only place skiers ever have to worry about avalanches is Tuckermans Ravine on Mt. Washington. This is a hike-up bowl, and only a small fraction of a percent of all east coast US skiers ever try it. Unless he spent some time backcountry skiing in the American west, there's a good chance that he utterly unfamiliar with avi danger.

Couple such inexperience with a bit of the usual young-male, nobody-can-teach-me-anything, I-can't-die attitude, and this is what happens.

Tom / PM
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