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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-27-2013, 04:23 PM
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avalanche kills skier on Pucker Face

Turns out he was an "expert" skier and the face was wind slab on facets.
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RIP Michael K.

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Fuck thats just big and heavy.
Takes balls to ride that without a doubt. You cant really say much about it other than its steep and thin snowpack.
all of this and especially this.
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All the networks were saying "killed AT JHMR". I bet they appreciate that. Really too hard to say OUTSIDE the resort??
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There was an avy on pucker face two years ago that was captured on video (couldn't find it today, appears to have been deleted) that really gives an indication of the severity of that slope. In the video, a snowboarder enters the slope heelside heading looker's right. He cuts back onto his toe side edge and makes a hard ski cut (didn't appear intentional) and the whole thing released under him. His friends were filming, and they trained the camera on the path of the slide in an attempt to locate him. When they panned back up top, the guy was holding on for dear life by his fingertips just above the crown. Appeared that he would have been able to extract himself safely, but probably needed new pants.

This parody clip is all I could find...shows the beginning of the event:
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I cannot believe one can hit terrain like that from the resort... I so need to get out of my S.E. US bubble!

RIP and condolences to the people with him...
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Damn. We were out at JHMR a couple years back when that snowboarder triggered the slide that others have already mentioned. It is a seriously intimidating line even on a good day. It's called "Pucker Face" for a reason, and not because it tastes bad.

Condolences to the guy's family and friends. At least he went out doing what he loved.
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I cannot believe one can hit terrain like that from the resort...
It's not within the resort boundaries. To get to Pucker you need to take the tram, traverse across Rendezvous Bowl, exit the resort boundary through the gates then hike the ridge.

It's not that far away though.
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avalanche kills skier on Pucker Face

Turns out he was an "expert" skier and the face was wind slab on facets.
Expert skier, but not an expert at reading avalanche terrain.

That is a huge problem as I am sure most know in this thread. Double black diamond riding ability, not even green circle avalanche knowledge. Bad mix. I was that guy at one point as I am also sure most of you were.

I know Bruce Tremper says "all the avalanche experts are dead" but that is not totally true either.
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Expert skier, but not an expert at reading avalanche terrain.

That is a huge problem as I am sure most know in this thread. Double black diamond riding ability, not even green circle avalanche knowledge..
Yep.......
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