The Euros know about the off-piste risks, and accept them. You die off-piste in France, for example, and the collective response is "tant pis."

One might ask what it is about the American psyche that 1) demands that others explain to us why what we're thinking about doing isn't a good idea  before we even do it, and 2) gives us license to blame others if our own actions produce a bad result.

Damned shame about these kids. But one ventures into avalanche terrain at one's own risk. And if you're an elite-level skier who doesn't recognize possible avalanche terrain when you see it, it ain't because your coaches failed you.

On 1/10/2015 9:51 PM, Michael Taub wrote:
[log in to unmask]" type="cite"> yeah, my thoughts exactly.  The avi danger was considerable at the time.  Someone really dropped the ball.  Really sad, they were great kids.

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On Jan 10, 2015, at 9:19 PM, Matthew Kulas <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Nate Vinton, a ski writer that I have a lot of respect for, seems to imply that the skiers were not properly made aware of the dangers of skiing off-piste in Europe. If that is indeed true, it is a damning indictment of the U.S. Ski Team staff and/or organization. It would mean gross negligence on the part of the coaches present and/or the staff who developed the European training program for development skiers, and would demand serious repercussions, not the least of which should include job terminations.

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