And the weight of the snow on the tent was downward.. the skis/poles are still in place.. An avalanche or slab slide would have momentum forward, knocking them over..
Whether or not a slab hit their tent is not proven, but what is proven is that if it did, the maths works out.
You can say you don't think it happened, but you can't say it isn't possible. There is a reason why every actual investigation that examines this comes to this conclusion as being most likely. You can't argue with science. What they did to that specific slope in that specific sight with that specific wind could have absolutely led to a snow event. https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-020-00081-8
I don't agree with every single thing said in this article, but you can't disagree with their mathematics.
Again, NO ONE, at the time.. standing at the scene, on Feb. 27 1959 saw evidence of a snow event..
You mean the people who slashed into the tent, ripped the tent, stole food and supplies from the tent, and dragged the tent 700metres to a helicopter before it was ever actually investigated with proper methodology made a mistake? That can't be true!
Most of the case files from this "investigation" wouldn't even be admissible in court. Almost every single one of the testimonies directly contradicts the next. It is evidently clear to me that most of the searchers were completely out of their depth and weren't even sure what they were dealing with. Whether it be people contaminating the site, omitting details, spreading rumours, forgetting they were present at giant events (like the discovery of the supply cache)... you can't take what they say as gospel. The reason "no theory fits" in this case is because the searchers made several giant mistakes and they artificially turned this event into a mystery.
I think the snow that hit the tent was a relatively small amount. It was enough to do damage, but it wasn't enough to push the tent off its base and slide it dramatically and it didn't hit the poles. I think it landed slab bang on or around the exit, it terrified the group (who were already terrified due to extreme wind), they ripped and slashed their way out and by the time they did that it was all over. Those who didn't have their footwear within an arms reach didn't have time to get to it.
Moving down to the tree line was probably the correct call. The group were seriously chancing fate by camping on the slope. All that needed to occur was a violent wind change and they were toast.
By the time people discovered the tent almost a month later, it had either blown away into small debris or been covered with fresh snow. The people who found the tent didn't know what they were dealing with. When they discovered the money still inside the tent they all started celebrating because that must have been proof the group were still alright. In short, they were never even looking for the very subtle evidence this slab would have left behind. I can't blame them. It was the 1950s and they didn't know what they were in for.
Had this event been investigated by modern, well trained alpine police and rescuers the thing would have been solved in a few days.