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Old 01-02-2012, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default BC Avy Deaths over the holiday weekend

A Whistler ski patroller was fatally injured near Pemberton on Thursday, then another guy heli skiing near Revy was killed on Friday. Conditions have really been iffy out here with this warmer weather. I read somewhere that the Pemberton slide carried the guy 1800m down the mountain, that's one hell of a ride.

Quick blurb on both, there's a ton more articles out there....
http://abcnews.go.com/International/...4#.TwJv1PIkLPo

RIP Duncan MacKenzie & Gregory Sheardown.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Another three today:

Three B.C. avalanches catch skiers, snowmobilers
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*not another three deaths. Three slides.
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Skier and snowmobile fatalities in Cook City Mt yesterday. MT Avalanche Don't let powder frenzy cloud your judgement.
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*vibes*

I fear what will happen when Ullr finally cranks it up around here. This snowpack is nothing but facets. There were some avy incidents after a "storm" dropped between 1-4" and that got pushed around by wind. If a storm comes through and dumps significant new snow on top of this shit, it's gonna get ugly. All these mags are gonna get infected with powder fever and I'm legitimately afraid of what might happen.
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A Whistler ski patroller was fatally injured near Pemberton on Thursday,
Heard about this one in the Village, tho people were saying that it wasn't actually an avy although, I could easily be mistaken. Tragedy none the less.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Someone got busted up pretty decently in Second Creek on Berthoud Pass over the weekend. From the pics of the slide looks like they were a ridge over from Bride of Frankenstein. Not sure what that path is called, but I have no idea why you would choose an alpine line like that with the crappy snow pack structure we have. The potential for it to go big is very real as this rider learned. Sounds like he got some broken ribs and a compound fracture of his arm for his efforts. He did get to live though. Basically, anything that has snow and looks fun to ride, isn't safe right now. Even the below treeline stuff is going to have it's dangers when (if) the snow starts to fly around here. It's going to be touchy as these accidents over the weekend are proving. Time to dial it waaaay back for a good while. Especially when he snow starts to pile up. Give the pack time to adjust.

RIP to these souls we lost over the weekend.
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A small slide from Silent Pass BC late December - Silent Pass Slide - YouTube
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Silent Pass... is it just me, or is that a really creepy sounding place? I don't know why, just seems creepy.

Nice save with the tree grab. That was a lot of snow, but he was lucky it didn't take off on him. Really slow moving slide.
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Someone got busted up pretty decently in Second Creek on Berthoud Pass over the weekend. From the pics of the slide looks like they were a ridge over from Bride of Frankenstein. Not sure what that path is called, but I have no idea why you would choose an alpine line like that with the crappy snow pack structure we have. The potential for it to go big is very real as this rider learned. Sounds like he got some broken ribs and a compound fracture of his arm for his efforts. He did get to live though. Basically, anything that has snow and looks fun to ride, isn't safe right now. Even the below treeline stuff is going to have it's dangers when (if) the snow starts to fly around here. It's going to be touchy as these accidents over the weekend are proving. Time to dial it waaaay back for a good while. Especially when he snow starts to pile up. Give the pack time to adjust.

RIP to these souls we lost over the weekend.
CAIC report is up for that one:

CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
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