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matty
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30/03/2020 10:46 am  

As a native Coloradan who now views my home state from afar (and with occasional chagrin), I am starting to wonder of Colorado is the Florida of the snow sports states? Where else would someone be out in the backcountry and trigger an avalanche during a "shelter in place" order due to a pandemic?

https://www.snowboarder.com/featured/snowboarder-triggers-avalanche-in-colorado-requiring-20-search-and-rescue-volunteers/?utm_source=email&em_hash=e30c00cb7722243a1cb436cd1f3ce8f7


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30/03/2020 12:27 pm  
Posted by: @matty

As a native Coloradan who now views my home state from afar (and with occasional chagrin), I am starting to wonder of Colorado is the Florida of the snow sports states? Where else would someone be out in the backcountry and trigger an avalanche during a "shelter in place" order due to a pandemic?

https://www.snowboarder.com/featured/snowboarder-triggers-avalanche-in-colorado-requiring-20-search-and-rescue-volunteers/?utm_source=email&em_hash=e30c00cb7722243a1cb436cd1f3ce8f7

Not justifying his actions at all, but he is a local to that area so area so at the very least he didn't travel to another county to ride, unlike many from Denver still coming up here. He should still absolutely be following what we're all trying to do though which is IF you're going to go out, dial it WAY back. Do some meadow skipping. No avy terrain or anything that could leave you needing a rescue at all. I've been out near my own neighborhood just skinning for exercise/mental health, scoping lines, and riding really mellow stuff that even if I manage to fall, I'm not getting hurt. The popular trailheads by me have been packed full though. I've seen countless obvious beginners to the backcountry with gear they've just scraped together in order to be able to get uphill and that's way more frightening. I've personally seen people skinning up avy paths with people above or below them as well as people literally hanging out having beers in deposition zones while other people skin and ride above them. 

What's even more disappointing is how many absolute fucking morons have been piling up on the local passes for shuttle laps, no beacons or avy gear, no backcountry experience, no distancing, no care for anyone other than themselves. It's fucking embarrassing honestly. There are some videos and photos making their rounds of completely full parking lots, people parked up and down the roads, and people hanging out in droves. They're going to get the national forests completely shut down so we won't even be able to go out for walks beyond the street. I've read too many comments by Denver/Front Range folks saying things along the lines of "the local mountain communities don't own the mountains, so good luck keeping me out. They shouldn't get to ski if I don't. I'll be up there skiing and distancing whenever I please." Clearly completely missing the point of not travelling to other communities and overwhelming their resources. The guys who are still skiing steep or technical stuff around here are being assholes too.

A snowboarder did trigger and get carried down and over some heavy stuff in Utah 3 days ago. Colorado seems to be the worst right now, maybe cause I'm seeing it first hand. It's painful to watch and really makes me want to move more than ever.

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1241545129917321217

 


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30/03/2020 2:47 pm  

The problem isn't only the coronavirus spread or danger of getting it by not following the "stay in your home" rule but also taking away resources from where they are needed. (Ie intensive care beds in case of car accident or avalance or whatever). No matter the health care system and how good it is they are not prepared/designed for a once in a century pandemic.

 


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30/03/2020 4:26 pm  

WHAPAHHH. Dude got pitted.


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30/03/2020 5:29 pm  

Damn - I think it looks like he made it through straightlining and almost ran into another guy at the very end???


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01/04/2020 10:59 am  

 

FUCK THIS SHIT.

 

It hadn't snowed like that all winter. And we cant leave our homes.


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01/04/2020 11:14 am  
Posted by: @89c51

 

FUCK THIS SHIT.

 

It hadn't snowed like that all winter. And we cant leave our homes.

Aww man, I feel you.


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04/04/2020 11:05 am  

ANnnnnnnnnnd it continues to snow non stop. Probably around a meter of fresh the last few days.

 

This is torture.


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04/04/2020 3:17 pm  

Where abouts are you? I'm looking at Courchevel webcam and there's nothing. 


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06/04/2020 12:03 am  

Think this qualifies as quite random, but since my foray into Unions didn't end up too well, I'm kinda keen to try a pair of Drake Supersport bindings (19/20). Would I be automatically kicked from the forum for even mentioning that?


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06/04/2020 10:54 am  

they look like a cross between Nitro & Rossignol. what was the end result of your Union exploration?


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06/04/2020 11:09 am  
Posted by: @matty

As a native Coloradan who now views my home state from afar (and with occasional chagrin), I am starting to wonder of Colorado is the Florida of the snow sports states? Where else would someone be out in the backcountry and trigger an avalanche during a "shelter in place" order due to a pandemic?

https://www.snowboarder.com/featured/snowboarder-triggers-avalanche-in-colorado-requiring-20-search-and-rescue-volunteers/?utm_source=email&em_hash=e30c00cb7722243a1cb436cd1f3ce8f7

meh, its happneing in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. Not sure about Montana havent heard much coverage from there. But yeah Denver sucks and is full of idiots I'd gladly compare denver to florida but not sure about the rest of colorado. I'm moving from denver back to the PNW in about 2.5 weeks. I can wait to get out of here I only lasted like 9 months here I've pretty much hated it since week one. I have great job but god damn denver sucks and a good job cant keep me here ready to get back to my roots. 

Sorry this turned into a rant about denver.  


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06/04/2020 11:23 am  
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Posted by: @matty

As a native Coloradan who now views my home state from afar (and with occasional chagrin), I am starting to wonder of Colorado is the Florida of the snow sports states? Where else would someone be out in the backcountry and trigger an avalanche during a "shelter in place" order due to a pandemic?

https://www.snowboarder.com/featured/snowboarder-triggers-avalanche-in-colorado-requiring-20-search-and-rescue-volunteers/?utm_source=email&em_hash=e30c00cb7722243a1cb436cd1f3ce8f7

meh, its happneing in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. Not sure about Montana havent heard much coverage from there. But yeah Denver sucks and is full of idiots I'd gladly compare denver to florida but not sure about the rest of colorado. I'm moving from denver back to the PNW in about 2.5 weeks. I can wait to get out of here I only lasted like 9 months here I've pretty much hated it since week one. I have great job but god damn denver sucks and a good job cant keep me here ready to get back to my roots. 

Sorry this turned into a rant about denver.  

If you dislike Denver, I am happy for you that you didn't end up in Colorado Springs.

Where in the PNW are you moving to? If I remember correctly, you went from Portland to Utah to Denver?


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06/04/2020 12:27 pm  

I've enjoyed my visits to Denver, but never lived there. I expect I'd like it for summer backpacking and whatnot.

I do think the Front Range resorts are just massively overhyped. Boring terrain, relatively crowded, horrific traffic, and major altitude acclimation issues as a tourist. Snow quality isn't as good as Utah, and is some of the sketchiest avy snowpack in the world for backcountry riding. I'd much rather ride in the Sierras or the Wasatch. I have a feeling I'd much prefer Southern Colorado too (Telluride, Crested Butte, Silverton, etc.) so I'll have to dabble down there before I write off the state lol.

But like Parker said, Colorado has no monopoly on idiots in the backcountry. 42 human-triggered avalanches in a 5 day span in Utah, with 14 catch-and-carries. Couple avy deaths in the past week, 1 in Wyoming (snowboarder), 1 in Idaho (snowmobiler). I'm shocked there haven't been more deaths with anecdotal reports of touring equipment sales going through the roof and idiots jumping out onto trailheads without proper education or equipment.


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06/04/2020 12:32 pm  

For the time being we're gonna move to gig harbor and live with my parents while I do an online UI/UX program so i can add some skills to my resume since most my experience has been in print design. I want to get inthe digital game now and then once I finish the schooling the plan is to move to Bend, OR in fall and get back in the woods. We originally thought about moving to Bend before moving to Utah. We'll prob most likely end up south of bend in like three rivers or la pine. there also a possibility of ending up in North Bend, WA or around the Bellingham area. We'll see we have all summer to actually figure out where we want to end up. We're just crossing our fingers that our house here in Denver closes. We've made it past inspections and waiting for the appraisal to come back. 


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