To end this, For the majority of the time, tree skiing is much more dangerous. Keep in mind this is for the MAJORITY of the time, not ALL the time. When you see all the pro's shred big mountain lines, do you seriously think they just get dropped off at the top and then decide where to go? They fly around for at least 10 minutes and choose which line there going to take, where their escape routes are incase it does slide and where to go so they dont get hurt. And beforehand, they do avalanche tests on a similar pitch to see what the conditions are, and weather it is safe to go out. Now keep in mind, they will just slide but they usually have a pretty good chance if they have kept up on the snow records in the past couple of weeks and have done proper testing.
Now tree skiing on the other hand, and im not talking about resort tree skiing, im talking about cat skiing/heli skiing trees. Avalanches are generally out of the question with tree skiing but there are many other risks that are much easier to become trapped up in then avalanches. now lets say your going a moderate speed, dodging trees, and a log apears you did not see apears. You take a quick turn to the right and one of your skis loses control of the snow due to nexpected turns and you fall facefirst into a treewell. When this happens, your burried. Unless someone luckily see's the colour of your ski bases or you have someone right behind you, your pretty much fucked. theres no chance of you getting yourself out of there and your gonna suffocate.
Now the same situation just you hit a tree, and get knocked out or break something serious and you cannot move. Again you are in alot of trouble.
There are alot of variables to both, but you cannot scout ahead tree skiing like you can with bowl skiing, and if you fall or get caught in an avalanche in a open bowl, if there is any part of you showing it is easier to locate you. IMO, tree skiing is the more periful of the two.
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