150 people each year on average are killed in avalanches.
In 90-95% of cases the victim themselves triggered the
avalanche that killed them. Ski resorts are frantically
trying to open new areas, and local law enforcement
agencies are starting to charge out of bounds skiers
for rescues on their credit cards.
Is it worth it? Lets find out. First of
all, thousands of people ski out of bounds every year,
so your odds are about the same as dying in a car accident.
If you wear a seatbelt, then you shouldn't ski out of
bounds. But, that's not the only issue, now you have
to worry about being billed for any rescue that you
need to have. That's not what you would call cheap by
any means, considering the number of people that need
rescuing over a year is much, much higher than the fatalities.
Plus, the ski resorts may end up having people charged
for trespassing if fatalities climb.
You may think the alternative of paying
for heli-skiing is a much too expensive solution. But
considering that the price tag of heli-skiing may be
$200.00 or $300.00 each, the price tag for skiing out
of bounds could be your life, or several thousands of
dollars for a rescue, or even a fine of several hundred
dollars just for stepping 10 feet out of bounds. Taking
into account the cool helicopter ride, the heli-skiing
doesn't seem that expensive anymore.
If you're still insist on skiing out of
bounds, and you think ski patrollers are nuts, then
at least prepare yourself by using our checklist for
insanely extreme skiing below.
checklist is for stuff you don't want to forget when
you go on your next extreme or heli-ski trip.
Skiing Checklist: Inform resort or guides about your destination
Beeper or location finder
Maps and directions
Ski Holiday Insurance
Ski Pole / Avalanche Probe