Two very lucky boys. They carried avy gear, had dug a pit, examined the conditions and still got caught. The number one tool in preventing one from getting caught is on your shoulders.
Slide Mtn in the Catskills is nothing like the slides of the Adirondacks. But, we all know that. Sure avalanches can happen nearly anywhere. Chances of an avalanche on the foot trails or glades of Slide Mtn are extremely slim. RC