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Snowboarder Killed on Pucker Face outside of JHMR



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earlyups | Avalanche | Pucker Face – JHMR

It is safe to say we are getting into the thick of it with avalanche danger right now.

Avy eyes wide open. It doesn't take much to make the dragon angry right now.
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Gees that's not good.

We had a day off today but I heard the S&R chopper buzzing around a couple of hours ago and that's obviously why.

It's no huge surprise that somebody's been caught in a slide, the avy risks are are pretty high right now, it's just a shame it had those consequences. We had about a week of hotter, sunny days and the pack was super hard then we had almost 30" in 3-4 days. There's a lot of slide debris around from the bombing inbounds so that serves as a pretty good sign that the areas that aren't managed are going to be prone to pop also.

Poor bugger, I hope he got some nice turns in on the way down so he at least left with a smile on his face.

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Damn.
That looks like very steep terrain.
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Hate to hear it, but that is insane terrain to be trying to hit in December with a continental snowpack.

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Pucker face is pretty gnarly. And there are cliffs. From what I've see of it, aside from the obviously rocky section on the face, it is not much of a terrain trap at the bottom. You can choose much worse lines in the Tetons.

I think a big problem is, we have a lot of areas under "Moderate" conditions right now. Which is when a lot of the accidents happen because people are willing to push it under that warning. Generally speaking Considerable is where the most accidents happen, but Moderate is not far behind. It vies for that top spot.
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I'm going to assume those rocks were not exposed before the slide? If they were, I can't imagine ever dropping in (ignoring the steep for the moment) even if God himself came down and told there would be no slide.
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I am not sure what it looked like before the slide, but that face is a rather well known test piece. Mandatory airs, or straightlines through the cliff band. It's featured. And yes, it is slide prone.
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with snow, no slide - not the day of this slide:



another, again - not the day of this:




after the slide on this incident:




pretty big line - with real trauma consequences from rock exposure. definitely steep enough and exposed enough to get you in real trouble should really anything go wrong, be it large avy or simply losing an edge.

i'd ride a line like that but i'd only do it in deeper snowpack and only on a very stable day. if there was any question i wouldn't. easy to say from sitting in front of my computer tho.. it does look badass.
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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.
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