Wow, thanks for some of that. I think I can manage to extract a few helpful pieces of advice from all that. Unfortunately the thread seems a little off topic at this point.
I was not looking for judgment on this, I AM an expert skier. I don’t need affirmation on this. Ones skills on a pair and skis and ones formal training on avalanche safety are not necessarily related. I think most people on the east coast would find your conclusions rather short sighted. I can ski anything, any pitch and on any snow condition. We have rough conditions out here. I judge an expert on how they ski on bullet-proof boiler plate days, or how they ski a wind crust, or ice-crust, not how good they look on a blue-bird powder day. I ski all conditions well and therefore define myself as expert. But I know that I lack EXPERIENCE in avalanche conditions. I am well aware of and well read regarding avalanche safety and snow stability, but wise enough to know that skiing Mt. Hood area is something that I am not familiar with and should seek advice first. It is difficult to find experience on the east coast in avalanche conditions, such conditions rarely exist. We do not see avalanche warnings issued often, and some years not issued at all. If I wanted avalanche conditions, I could seek them out, but I tend to avoid them if possible. I have 10 years and over 100 days in the backcountry, never once going in in avalanche conditions. If you are of the opinion that someone without a beacon should NEVER leave the boundaries at all, just say so. Most of the so-called “dick-waggers” probably wouldn’t start by asking for advice and admitting inexperience. I don’t care what you think of my skiing ability. I was just trying to give the facts about my ability so the advice I was soliciting would be more relevant.
DPS, if you’re ever in Vermont, be sure to contact me first. Your Mad River Glen ticket is on me. It would be money well spent. I’d love to watch you try to follow.
Note: Also never said I would be skiing alone. I’m familiar with wilderness conditions, GPS, navigation, using a map and compass. My inexperience is regarding hands-on avalanche conditions only.
We have forums out here too. I typically spend very little time on them. I find that most people who are busy questioning others abilities through forum rants are usually compensating for their lack of ability.