Our conclusion was that because of their interest and equipment they „accidentally“ ended up following what could be the most basic and important rule for staying out of avalanche danger: „Avoid layered winter-snow on lee slopes of more than 25-30 degrees angle“. They had no particular interest in seeking fresh powder in steep bowls because they were primarily running on cross-country skis. And they knew by experience to leave certain mountain slopes alone for awhile after storms.
So, we could say that by following this simple rule we could live a long and safe life as backcountry skiers?
But we like steep skiing… and we love fresh powder! So Summer there is no way that we are going to follow such a conservative rule – or what? Modern avalanche awareness education has perhaps developed in the direction where people are taught to evaluate the avalanche risk to allow them to ski steeper lines and basically travel in „avalanche country“ instead of staying away from it. New technology with airbags, beacons, ava-lungs etc even gives people a false sense of security and a believe that even if they do get caught in an avalanche they will survive.