I'm very, very conservative in general when skiing, but I also think there's value in not judging the actions of others. Chester_Tartsnatcher op 18 Oct 2016 22:45
I agree with you. It is always hard to judge events when you weren't part at the scene.
is saying it looks like a hard slab and I assume most of us have learned that slope cuts for hard or deep slabs are much more tricky because they tend to bridge your weight over a wider area and it's much more difficult for a person to trigger the buried weak layer. But once triggered, they tend to be much larger than soft slabs and they're difficult to escape because you must negotiate large, hard blocks.
In a growing number of online movies I see a trend that even novice backcountry (no backpacks, probably no beacon) riders are executing slope cuts which may give them a false sense of security. Like @Chester_Tartsnatcher
is saying it is hard to judge online, but I do have the impression that I see more cuts than I saw in the past. And this is something that worries me. Do they have the knowledge? Or are they just copy cats?
Still, for an expert, as a defensive technique, slope cuts on hard or deep slabs are better than nothing.
But let's keep in mind that is still the start of a new season. The snow pack is thin, the sun doesn't get into most north faces anymore, weak layers are present and we had a lot of wind last week. Let us be better safe than sorry.