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Old 10-23-2013, 12:30 PM   #1411 (permalink)
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:38 AM   #1412 (permalink)
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Default 10/22/2013 Avalanche Observation at Loveland Pass

I was just about to head out to ride this morning and even though it's just October, I decided to check the CAIC website for any new info.

I guess that the old adage hold true, "If there's enough snow to ride, there's enough snow to slide."

I know a lot of poeple like to ride there so I figured this would be a good PSA. It happened at 12,500' on the South side of the pass. I cant really picture where it is from the description:

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Off the nose between the 2 bigger faces. Steep rocky chute with a midway choke over a small cliff band. Would be a rough ride.
Anyway, looks like a skier triggered it when a cornice fell onto the slab below.

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Nearby ski tracks and the slab looked no more than 48 hours old as a guess. I suspect someone intentionally kicked cornice along the ridge & triggered the slab below.
I'm going over there today so I'll see if I can spot this and get a better idea of where this happened.

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Old 10-24-2013, 10:59 AM   #1413 (permalink)
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Ah the old cornice test avalanche. Yeah, we've set off some fairly decent size avalanches doing this. These are the kind of avalanches you want. Not the ones when you are in the middle of the slope.

You're right though, that little window we had is gone. Time to carry gear and use avalanche eyes to make your decisions. Going for a ride right now could very easily and likely be fatal. With the thin coverage if the burial doesn't get ya the trauma probably will. I see there was a slide reported at Hoosier too. Here we go...
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:24 PM   #1414 (permalink)
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Went up to Loveland pass today. Got to snap some pictures, enjoy the weather, and get some riding in.

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I think this is the avalanche I mentioned earlier. Fits the description; above Pass Lake. It's in the middle of the picture, I know it's kind of hard to see.

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Walking up the ridge, plenty of untracked snow.

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12,400' looking North

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Looking up at my tracks

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Looking back up from halfway down.

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Gets pretty thin after this. Had to unstrap and walk a short section little lower down next to the creek.
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That is so awesome. I can't wait to do that.

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Lol @ napoleons rant. tl;dr



Awesome pics acro! Looks fun..what was the temp like up there?
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That has to be the slide. So it starts.
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That has to be the slide. So it starts.
So, out of curiosity, what is the scale? I can't tell from the photo, but that doesn't look big to my untrained eye. What would you estimate the vertical to be in that photo?
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Awesome pics acro! Looks fun..what was the temp like up there?
Thanks. It was 40 degrees at 2:00PM when I was leaving

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So, out of curiosity, what is the scale? I can't tell from the photo, but that doesn't look big to my untrained eye. What would you estimate the vertical to be in that photo?
It started in a narrow chute, got wider as it went down. Avalanche observation report says it slid about 200 vertical feet.
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So, out of curiosity, what is the scale? I can't tell from the photo, but that doesn't look big to my untrained eye. What would you estimate the vertical to be in that photo?
It is not a large slide. Large enough to bury a person though. Class 2 I believe is the definition of a slide large enough to bury a person.

Another old adage is "Q: What is the most dangerous type of avalance? A: The one you are caught in."

Size does matter, but if it is enough to kill you it is plenty dangerous. I know I certainly would not want to go for a ride in that.
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