Here is an excerpt from the New York Times article: “Avalanches on the Rise for Thrill Seeking Skiers:”
So far, 17 skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers have been killed with more than two months remaining in the roughly six-month season, which has had conditions more conducive to avalanches than most in memory. Although that number projects a little higher than the national average of 28.8 deaths a year over the last decade, increasingly those who put themselves in harm’s way seem not to be careless novices but rather experts pushing the limits of safety.
Among the victims in Washington was Jim Jack, the longtime head judge of the Freeskiing World Tour, who was killed with two other experienced backcountry skiers near Stevens Pass. Their party of 13 included professional skiers and ski journalists. – New York Times, February 20th, 2012 by Tim Mutrie
This article by the NYT will make you think about what it is you are seeking out there. Read it and ponder.
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