I have only skied west cost pow 1 time. It was last year at beaver creek. I was lucky enough be there on the week day when they had a nice 2 foot dump. There was hardly anyone there. I pretty much had the stone creek chutes to my self. Up top, the snow was chest deep, down towards the bottom it got shin deep.
I tomahawked down a lil tiny chute lost one of my skis. I was so out of breath from the altitude, and tired from skiing, that it literlly took my 45 min to find my ski. There was a moment when panic set in, as I was pondering how I plan i getting down the mountain on one sk, in the trees, in over 3 feet of powder.
No one skied by me the whole time. I am not saying that sking by yourself inbounds is dumb, or someone shouldnt do it. Shit can and will go wrong. Thats life unfortunally. You can live your life carefully while having fun at the same time. Its all about balance for me.
I agree falling in a tree well feet first is no biggie.Or if there is low snow. But I can def see how someone can get stuck in one head firstI have a new respect for snow now after that day. Hence why I bought myself a pair of JJ's and 5 plane tickets out west this winter.