Great read, RIP Chris Rudolph.
One thing I noticed though is how david says "for every skier who died in the backcountry, they are 1,000 times more likely to die driving to the mountain.." or something along those lines. The thing is how you have to think about how many people drive their cars in US on a daily basis... millions and millions-36,000 dead. How many people regularly go into the backcountry in the US each year... not that many-36 dead. You are much more likely to die skiing out of bounds than you are driving to and from the mountain or anywhere else regularly. The other thing thats scary is that with an Avalanche, their are many uncontrollable factors. For the most part, driving is all up to you and is a great deal more controllable than skiing in the backcountry. For example a safe driver may be able to go their whole life without an accident where as a safe backcountry skier probably does not have as good odds, and the price can be death