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A Reminder......Guiding Really is So Important

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
I'm sure no-one here really does need a reminder, but in case there's any doubt, one of my work colleagues and friend went skiing last week with a group of 20. Her 2 children (16 and 13) went off piste with another lad.

Tragically, their friend (a reasonably experienced skier) skied off a cliff. It would appear that no-one realised the apparent danger and couldn't see the potential hazard.

It's sometimes easy to forget that skiing can be very unforgiving to put it mildly.

Sorry to start the week off in this vein.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
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There is an accident mentioned here (scroll down a bit) in Meribel where a 17 year old English person skied off a cliff.
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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?
That was indeed the accident, Sherman-maeir. From what I now understand this happened in a very well used area of off-piste. In other words, plenty of tracks and carved up moguls. It would seem there were no markers of any sort. I also understand that the young lad was familiar with the area.

The guy veared away from the group, perhaps to do what he thought was a jump, and fell 40m.

From what I can make out, there does appear to be a concern that although the group were off piste, there were up to 30 other people in the vicinity and the area was clearly skied fairly heavily, but no warnings or markers about the edge were apparent.
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