According to the report, he was skiing in a stream drainage. Even at a small scale, this is a terrain trap. I don't care how deep the snow, you will not die if you fall in bottomless powder on a terrain with a continuous pitch.
A small gully with steep banks can kill you in deep snow conditions.
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I mean, he could have been hidden under snow/debris if he fell into some kind of hole or something. They were searching at night. Not surprising it took so long to find him, especially if he was already unconscious.
The map does just an okay job of showing the topography. It's really two drainages separated by a knife ridge in the center, which is the Hazelton hiking trail. The ski out to that ridge starts off Rim Rock though, not Cliff Trail. The drainage skiers left of the Hazelton is pretty minor and completely fills in and offer some okay low angle trees back to Perry Merrill. On the opposite side towards Nosedive is a much more substantial stream that doesn't fully get covered. There's some short but steep terrain heading down that way, but it requires finding a skiable cross point for the stream and then a hike out to Nosedive. It's a real pain in the ass to be honest.
I'm usually not so forth coming publicly about off map terrain, but if the big drainage towards Nosedive is where it happened, people reading this thread should know what they're getting into. Truthfully, that whole basin within the yellow boundary lines is something I avoid all together now. There's so much better stuff to ski on the mountain that it's a waste of time. I only know the terrain from wanting to explore most everywhere on the mountain as a local passholder back many years ago.
And there has been some questions about length of search time. That area within the yellow lines is at least a couple hundred acres. If someone is buried in snow and it's dark out, no question it could take a long time to find them.
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