If you’re a long time reader you’ve probably seen me blog before about the danger of treewells before, however, I came across this site recently and I think every snowboarder should give it a look:
It’s an incredibly useful site that runs you through basic tree run safety including pictures and videos which are quite helpful, especially if you’re newer to snowboarding and gladed ski runs.
Treewells are dangerous and can/do kill snowboarders. They’re the reason I always try to ride trees with a friend or two.
Here’s a sample from the site (there are a whole lot more videos and diagrams – this is just the intro):
Earlier this season I actually had a friend who nearly died in a tree well, and he’s an ex-competitive snowboarder/snowboard coach, so don’t think it only happens to beginners.
I definitely recommend giving it a look and familiarizing yourself with tree well safety if you intend to hit some tree runs.
ps – don’t let it put you off tree runs. Once you get more advanced, tree runs are some of the most run terrain you can ride!