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post #1161 of 6950 (permalink) Old 09-23-2013, 01:16 PM
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I can see some snow up on Longs/Storm Peak from my place. Way up high is still cloudy. Almost the entire divide is covered in clouds. Just keeping my fingers crossed that this wet pattern continues into late fall/winter.
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post #1162 of 6950 (permalink) Old 09-25-2013, 10:51 PM
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More snow coming, Thursday night, Friday, and Friday night.

A promising sign of things to come, but hopefully this early snow won't turn into depth hoar that will plague us for the entire season like last year.
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It's sticking around high up here in Breck which has me worried. . Also Tahoe is getting hit right now.


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More snow coming, Thursday night, Friday, and Friday night.

A promising sign of things to come, but hopefully this early snow won't turn into depth hoar that will plague us for the entire season like last year.
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It's sticking around high up here in Breck which has me worried. . Also Tahoe is getting hit right now.
??? I gotta ask the stoopid noob question on this one??? I thought "Early Snow" was a Good thing? Based on BA's & AcroPhile's comments, I presume If it's too much, too early, it creates or can become a dangerous (unstable?) base layer later? ..and if so, since it's the bottom most layer, has the potential to produce bigger, more massive avalanches with the entire later snowpack on top?

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Bingo man. You don't want a layer that will warm up, thaw, be unstable, and slide.


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OK! Thanks, Wow! I didn't realize that the whole "wishing for snow" thing is a lot trickier in the mountains than it is on the little hills around here!

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So this year it started snowing early all over the world? A bit frightening...
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The early snow thing is such a huge problem for both the backcountry rider and resort operator. A-Basin miscalculated it last year and had patrons get caught in a slide in late April. The culprit was snow from October. Persistant weak layers form at this time of year that haunt you all season. I guess that is why they call them "persistent".

Every year we have it to some degree but last season was especially scary and deadly.
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And I have a trip planned to go to A.Basin this year................
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^ You'll be fine. I was there when the slide happened it sucks but that was a complete fluke.


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