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Avalanche in Solden on opening day

Always take care after a heavy snow fall
https://snowbrains.com/inbounds-aval...olden-kills-2/
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Always take care after a heavy snow fall
https://snowbrains.com/inbounds-aval...olden-kills-2/
Turns out the 2 killed were both ski instructors!

https://www.planetski.eu/news/12248?..._9JCIPzBbDVrqs
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Ugh avalanches make me feel sick. Just took a look at the picture.... what were they thinking
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Far too many instructors have no real knowledge of the mountain- fabulous technique and skills - but they do not feel or understand the mountain.

A very senior instructor told me many years ago- if you need a guide to go off-piste, don't choose the doctor's son from Geneva or London- but the old guy who was born and bred on that mountain, even if his competitive skills are not so impressive.
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Far too many instructors have no real knowledge of the mountain- fabulous technique and skills - but they do not feel or understand the mountain.

A very senior instructor told me many years ago- if you need a guide to go off-piste, don't choose the doctor's son from Geneva or London- but the old guy who was born and bred on that mountain, even if his competitive skills are not so impressive.
One of the instructors had the highest qualification so did have an idea of what he was doing, even could teach in France, not a hobby instructor like many.

Since it takes at least 7 years to qualify as a guide, I take that with a pinch of salt, in any case Skiing is only be 'B' part of being a guide, climbing is the real challenge. If he was born in the mountains, I would have expected him to have been a racer in his youth, strange that his competitive skills were lacking. The tale does not add up
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One of the instructors had the highest qualification so did have an idea of what he was doing, even could teach in France, not a hobby instructor like many.

Since it takes at least 7 years to qualify as a guide, I take that with a pinch of salt, in any case Skiing is only be 'B' part of being a guide, climbing is the real challenge. If he was born in the mountains, I would have expected him to have been a racer in his youth, strange that his competitive skills were lacking. The tale does not add up
They were Dutch
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The mountains, like the sea- are best understood by those who have grown up reading, watching, listening for- the signs. Instinct - probably cannot be learnt- or would take a VERY long time.
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The mountains, like the sea- are best understood by those who have grown up reading, watching, listening for- the signs. Instinct - probably cannot be learnt- or would take a VERY long time.
Local guides die in the Chamonix valley each year, I have yet to see any correlation with your theory.
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