It turns out that it appears that Steve and his partner were doing all the right things. Moderate Avi. forcast, beepers, shovels and probes, track on the side of the slope. It was just a big avy. Steve as taken 3000 feet down the moutain, his partner was 400 feet above him. They were both deep enough such that with both of them caught and no one else around, their gooses were cooked. Really sad especially since they were doin’ it right. According the report it was a soft slab avy.
Say some prayers for Steve and say your prayers when you go out.