They were saved but not unscathed, one of skier suffered a compound leg fracture in the slide. If that fracture had severed the femoral artery in the leg, the skier would have most likely bled out in 15 minutes.
They made a few avoidable mistakes, which is why this news agency labeled the slides as preventable. First, they didn’t dig a snow pit and second they all dropped in at the same time….both humungous NO NO’s.
Please folks, there is more snow headed to the western states and it will no doubt look tempting in many situations ride but please take every safety precaution possible and know that you and your riding partners are your own most important line of defense.
Thanks to KXLY for providing this report…loving this reporter’s dedication: