The early season has already seen one fatality (a pro nonetheless RIP Jamie Pierre). The inherent risks of skiing in the backcountry is always on everyone's mind; friends, family, and fellow skiers. But unfortunately as with most any other activity there's always a risk/reward assessment. Am I going to get seriously injured/is this going to be the sickest run ever. With that in mind be safe out there:
1. Always, always wear your beacon
2. Be aware of your surrounding (where are the cliffs, trees, and rocks that you'd hit if you kicked something up)
3. It's ok to go to Butler Fork some of the best days I've ever had were spent in those Aspens
After several runs on Sunday we witnessed some serious cracking (not limited too what's shown in red but that's about all the camera picked up).
So before we did anything else I roped up and stomped on this thing like a rabid donkey (forgive the poor analogy) and to our avail nothing propagated so we skied the hell outta that slope.
Be safe out there newcomers and veterans alike.