Comment of the Day

Readers: Backcountry skiers may be risking their lives for thrills, and they know it

Yesterday, we posted about an avalanche death that took place outside the boundaries of the Keystone ski area -- and when we shared it, we asked readers if backcountry skiing under current conditions is too risky. Here's a sampling of the responses we received.

Robin Shaw writes:

My friend is in Summit County Mountain Rescue.... He was the one to find the body yesterday. So sad and unnecessary. It has been all over the news that avalanche danger is very high and imminent.
Jeff Van Benschoten writes:
High risk means high risk...next question.
Lissa Dalmer writes:
In way less of conditions than this, it's too risky.
James Gold writes:
To address your question, Westword -- I don't think backcountry skiers are drawn to it for the safety.

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