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    Closed means closed

    https://koaa.com/news/covering-color...o-avalanche-2/

    The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has determined that an avalanche that killed a 47-year-old skier was triggered after three snowboarders illegally crossed a boundary rope.

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    Tragic.

    I'm puzzled how they could have figured out precisely who triggered the avalanche, and I'm not even sure what the potential legal ramifications may be, but I hope they throw the book at the snowboarders to whatever extent that it's possible.
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    Was the victim also in a closed area?
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    Quote Originally Posted by billo View Post
    Was the victim also in a closed area?
    Details here...

    https://unofficialnetworks.com/2019/...alanche-skier/

    Seems like he was just out skinning for some exercise at the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billo View Post
    Was the victim also in a closed area?
    The victim was backcountry skiing. He did not go under a rope. He was accessing the goods by skinning up. The snowboard dudes went slackcountry skiing from the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbrissette View Post
    The victim was backcountry skiing. He did not go under a rope. He was accessing the goods by skinning up. The snowboard dudes went slackcountry skiing from the top.
    This was my understanding, and to be honest, it seems kinda harsh to charge these guys when all 4 made basically the same decision to be out there given the avi danger that day. How they all got there is semantics really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    https://koaa.com/news/covering-color...o-avalanche-2/

    The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has determined that an avalanche that killed a 47-year-old skier was triggered after three snowboarders illegally crossed a boundary rope.
    That's why they take crossing the rope a serious violation out here...complete with criminal charges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    That's why they take crossing the rope a serious violation out here...complete with criminal charges.
    "Causing a death due to one's serious negligence" comes to mind:
    https://statelaws.findlaw.com/colora...hter-laws.html
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    There are too many unknowns to judge anyone at this point. Beside ducking under a closed rope (which not uncommon), we don't know much.

    Crossing an avalanche slope above someone is clearly dumb but we have no way to know if they could even see the guy below. Skinning up on an avalanche slope is also dumb, and doing it alone even more so. On the other hand, he may just have been crossing an avalanche path and gotten very unlucky. Still, skinning up alone, in avalanche terrain, and below resort-accessed terrain does not appear to be a terribly bright idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbrissette View Post
    There are too many unknowns to judge anyone at this point. Beside ducking under a closed rope (which not uncommon), we don't know much
    Actually, they do. The CAIC Report is quite specific, suggesting the authorities interviewed one or more of the boarders, and witnesses if any:
    https://avalanche.state.co.us/caic/a...inv&acc_id=705

    It does not state whether their findings have been referred to the local prosecuting attorney's office.
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