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  1. #1
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    Exclamation Majestic Heli Ski Client Avalanche Fatality Alaska 3/27/21

    Majestic Heli Ski guides had an Alaskan woman client killed in an avalanche on March 27th 2021. Rest in Peace Erin Lee.

    Owner posts on TGR (Njord). Majestic Heli Ski has gone FULL CASPER MODE and has still not even issued any statement what so ever on this incident.

    Before Majestic was named as the heli operation, a private message was sent to them inquiring if they were the guide service who's client was killed. They responded by pretending the question was asking about the unfortunate and now infamous helicopter crash with 5 fatalities that occurred the same day and replying that it was a different company. When pressed about the avalanche fatality Majestic Heli Ski was involved with, they declined to respond.

    No investigation. No report. No comment. No bueno.

    Consider this incident if you ever consider booking with Majestic Heli Ski.

    https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2021...nuska-glacier/
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    Avalanche investigations are generally done by local Avi Centers.

    I am unaware of any requirements for a Heli op to have to perform an investigation or release any findings from an avalanche incident.

    If you have something that contradicts that understanding I would love to see it.

    RIP to the victim.
    I have been in this State for 30 years and I am willing to admit that I am part of the problem.

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    first rule of potential lawsuits club.
    -Don't talk about potential lawsuit club!

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    Isn't it common for heli ops to not talk about avalanche accidents? I'd imagine making a big deal of it with public reports and investigations isn't good for business.

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    Our snow is sooooo deep you will expire in ecstasy ?????

    After one run with our guides you will ask them to kill you because nothing will ever be any better so whats the point of continued existence?

    You will die in an avalanche of powdered frenzy?

    I could have had a future in marketing.
    I have been in this State for 30 years and I am willing to admit that I am part of the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by total_immortal View Post
    Isn't it common for heli ops to not talk about avalanche accidents? I'd imagine making a big deal of it with public reports and investigations isn't good for business.
    Yes, because it ruins their business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunion 2020 View Post
    Our snow is sooooo deep you will expire in ecstasy ?????

    After one run with our guides you will ask them to kill you because nothing will ever be any better so whats the point of continued existence?

    You will die in an avalanche of powdered frenzy?

    I could have had a future in marketing.
    Haha! Good slogans. I was thinking something like "The ride of your life" but yours are better.

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    This is all in rather poor taste. Even by maggot standards.
    Imagine you're on this trip. Okay first pretend you could actually go heli skiing, and someone in your group dies.
    And it could have just as easily been you. Then pretend there are people who care about you.
    I don't recall any of these tasteless remarks aimed at Greg Harms unfortunate death.
    Why is this different?

    jummo

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    Quote Originally Posted by jummo View Post
    This is all in rather poor taste. Even by maggot standards.
    Imagine you're on this trip. Okay first pretend you could actually go heli skiing, and someone in your group dies.
    And it could have just as easily been you. Then pretend there are people who care about you.
    I don't recall any of these tasteless remarks aimed at Greg Harms unfortunate death.
    Why is this different?

    jummo
    People are taking digs at the heli outfit for not being forthcoming about the incident. Read the original post again. This has nothing to do with the unfortunate victim.
    I ski 135 degree chutes switch to the road.

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    Erin Lee, 40.
    Fairbanks, AK.

    Articles with photos.
    http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_...8c928ee8d.html

    https://alaska-native-news.com/popul...aturday/54932/

    Quite a beaut. She was a survivor. And she was a sister-skier.

    Her GoFundMe fundraiser reads:

    Erin's death was shocking to all of us. She had survived a life of extensive child abuse and was able to rise above it. She worked her her way through college to become educated and independent. When she graduated, she set out to help other children who were trying to survive traumatic lives. Because no one helped her, she became someone who helped children in need. Erin's mission was to make sure that kids living through this knew that someone cared and that someone was looking out for them. Now that Erin is gone, we've set up this fund to help carry on her mission. This fund will provide grants for kids ages 16-21 who have survived abusive childhoods and who are setting goals so that they are determining their future free from abuse. Donations will go into an account and youth will be able to apply for the grants through an application and interview process. The fund is being managed by a committee of her most devoted friends, Rosalie Rein, Melissa Phipps and Lisa Hay. We will decide and announce the grantees on Erin's birthday, February 15.

    And ya ... the heli outfit could have mentioned it and offered condolences in some tasteful way. Life is short and Erin was getting after it like we all should.
    In search of diversion, many crew Members defy the quarantine restrictions and pick up pets from the various habitable worlds they explore (Sure Thing, Isaac Asimov). Skiing in denim states beautifully, radically, and unequivocally, I dont give a shit. (Leslie Anthony)

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    Very sad

    Majestic is one of the most (the most?) inland heli ops in AK, and their zone can behave like a continental snowpack. No idea what their conditions are.

    Surely there will be a report from the avalanche center...
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    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

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