Authorities: Wash. avalanche swept 4 experienced skiers far down mountain, killed 3 of them

  • Article by: MANUEL VALDES , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 20, 2012 - 10:53 AM
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dr4golfFeb. 19, 12 7:07 PM

Oooooh, I am sure the government must jump in and protect us from ourselves! They died doing what they loved. God bless 'em, rest in peace, and lets all move on.

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aanen1Feb. 19, 12 8:14 PM

Saying someone "died doing what they loved" is so insulting -- they're still dead unnecessarily. What part of "out of bounds" do these people not understand? How selfish to not think of the wives and children they have left behind. Sometimes rules are needed to protect us from ourselves.

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ford1949Feb. 20, 12 6:29 AM

Aside from the out-of-bounds markers (which is a bit more obvious), with all of that experience among the group not one of them recognized the inherent avalanche danger posed by that much snow in the valley. Gotta check snow/avalanche reports. This isn't Buck Hill territory.

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kirby96Feb. 20, 12 9:05 AM

aanen1 you have no idea what you are talking about. There is no 'rule' against doing what these folks did just like there is no 'rule' against going for a hike in a state forest. 'Out of Bounds' simply means they were outside the boundary of the privately run ski-area: no ski lifts, no ski-patrol on duty, no grooming, no avalanche control. There is no rule against going into the wilderness. You are woefully mis-informed. I suppose you think that if someone camps anywhere other than a KOA campground they are taking an unnecessary risk as well. I mean, what if a bear gets you?

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beautyehFeb. 20, 12 9:11 AM

This is tragic. The article would be more informative if you explained what the airbag is and had a graphic of what it looked like. The lone survivor owes her life to that airbag.

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gsacksFeb. 20, 12 9:41 AM

The 'out-of-bounds' term is not really used in the correct context here. There were outside of the official ski area, and there was nothing illegal about what they were doing. Back-country skiing is not breaking any rules, and is very popular among expert skiers. (Real expert skiers). It is not the same as skiing in a blocked off area at a ski resort, which can endanger other people or interfere with the safe operation of the ski area. But going back country is a very dangerous sport, and these people knew the risks.

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dwheeler4732Feb. 20, 12 9:44 AM

Out of bound is statement used for areas not covered or controled by the local ski areas. It public land in most cases and you can use it at your own risk. Just like rock and mountain climbing or hiking in the woods. The skier's were not trespassing. There is risk they knew it. the accident was unfortunate. Prayers to their families and friends. Sorry for your loss.

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