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At 11:32 AM 3/1/2012, Marc Chrusch wrote:
>At 05:21 PM 2/28/2012, Eric Morton wrote:
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>>Marc wrote:
>>
>> >> Especially, since we've had 20 avi deaths this season so far:
>> >> http://avalanche.state.co.us/acc/acc_us.php
>>
>>Correct me if I'm wrong, but that doesn't show us being that far off
>>the "average", in fact it seems spot-on. But in the last two years,
>>snowmobilers seem to have gotten "smarter" and we've picked up?
>
>Yes, we are right about average - a lot of folks don't realize the 
>number of deaths each season. What is kind of different about this 
>season is that there may be more awareness. The reasons are open to 
>conjecture, but one that strikes me is that due to the incredibly 
>fragile snowpack and the small-ish windows of new powder, the deaths 
>this season seem to have been clumped more than usual. But that's 
>just a SWAG on my part.

This weekend we went above average - a snowmobiler death in 
southeastern UT, 3 injuries, and multiple close calls, all separate 
incidents. Most troubling was the in-bounds slide at Snowbird, 
producing minor injuries to the snowboarder, at ~1:30 yesterday 
afternoon that Denis mentioned.

-m1 

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