A Rise in Avalanche Deaths Inside Resort BoundariesBy Rocky Thompson on November 13th, 2012
A new ESPN article takes a look at the spike in avalanche deaths that have been occurring on inbounds, open resort terrain.
“They’re still rare, but since 2005, inbounds slides have killed people in Nevada, California, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, totaling eight fatalities at some of the most famous resorts in America.” Before 2005, only three people were killed during in-bounds slides.
The increase in deaths could be attributed to more ski resorts offering out-of-bounds-style terrain and glade runs, opening new territory to sate the public’s hunger for backcountry-style skiing in a safe environment. Or you could blame an uptick in skiing in general, or if you wanted to go conspiracy theory, you could argue that ski patrol is under more pressure from resort management to open runs earlier and keep them open longer, pushing the boundaries of what’s safe to ski.
Whatever the cause, it’s something that will probably never go away entirely. There’s a risk every time you head out skiing, unless of course you move to the Midwest. You’ll be safe from avalanches there.