When I skied at Alpine on 1/9/2020, the front-side runs on W-facing Scott chair were not open, most likely due to fear of people getting hurt on firm, steep runs without great base. The only times I've skied close to area that slid was in Spring PM corn cutting over from chair that is to S, in deep snow years. Getting in from the top (from E) requires good route-finding and usually some down-climbing. I've wrapped around from N in powder, but never very high on face where avalanche occurred.
A patroller died at Heavenly on Saturday. Cause has not been determined and it was not reported AFAIK until today. See https://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/ ... ahoe-area/
I've skied solo into both Mott and Killibrew many times, including a lot of routes where not holding an edge could mean a painful slide/tumble if not worse.
Saw the following in comments after Monday’s OpenSnow Tahoe post: “I was riding up the Mott chair and some guy was yelling for people to help because someone was completely buried in Mott Creek, just lookers left of the chair. I grabbed a lifty and shovel when I got off but by the time we got down there he had been pulled out too late. Patrol showed up and did CPR for a long time.”