I managed to sneak around the side of the cornice and drop in. Cornices can break loose and start big avi's, so standing on them or jumping off of them is never a good idea. We had avalanche equipment with the sleds, but chose to leave the shovel and probe and just run the transceiver once we started kiting. Mostly for the weight savings.
I was comfortable doing this because I am familiar with the snow pack living here and can get great information via the local forecast: [u]http://www.jhavalanche.org/index.php
I don't think that it is unrealistic to say that the dedicated, snowkiter, who is comfortable with gliding/flying, could employ that technique to escape an avalanche. I hope I never have to find out!
The terrain on the Buffalo Plateau is mind bending. It is a long way from the road, in the middle of nowhere, so being prepared is key.
Big thanks to Will T. for the pics and guiding.
Looking forward to going back.