BigPurpleSkiSuitLay off it Scott, I know you're a real person too, this isn't the time nor the place.
Actually you're wrong, this is PRECISELY the time and the place to have this discussion. Go to today's UAC daily forecast for the Salt Lake City area, in the first two sections (recent avalanches and first problem) there is direct and unambiguous statements saying to specifically avoid the upper Millcreek AND Alexander Basin areas. If you BC ski in Utah the first thing you should do before even going out for a tour is look at the UAC website, it's the very first thing they teach in every AIARE level 1 BC class here in the state; whether you ski, split board, snowmobile, snoeshow, or even just hike you should check the daily forecast. We've already had 2 deaths so far this year and every single person who travels in the BC with any regularity knows the big problem this year is a weak faceted layer from snowfall in October/November that has rotted. North/Northeast/Northwest aspects are so avy prone it's not even funny, if you head into the BC on those slopes you're just asking for a disaster and Alexander Basin literally had a posted avalanche report from the day prior.
This was gross negligence on the part of 8 people, complete unpreparedness and/or blatant falling prey to the human condition. Yesterday's snowfall was higher density with wind loading and posted avalanche warnings throughout the area, I feel bad for the families of 4 people who now have to mourn the completely unnecessary and wasted lives of people they love for absolutely no reason. A very basic level of BC knowledge/preparedness and risk mitigation would have saved lives today, but 8 people chose to make a very stupid decision with many many warnings and indicators telling them to specifically avoid that exact area.
So yes, let's have the discussion because this year more than any there's been a massive influx of people into the BC trying to avoid the overcrowding in the Cottonwood Canyons, a lot of people with very little training and experience are getting themselves into dangerous situations with no preparation. Unfortunately days like today will become more frequent just by virtue of increased population, overcrowded resorts, and easier BC access.