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Old 01-10-2014, 11:49 AM   #1921 (permalink)
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Well at least Breck is being open about it. I had a friend get buried up to his chin at Wold Creek ski area during that big weekend in November. CAIC took a report but there is no mention of it on the site. The slide was not due to Wolf Creek's carelessnes, they blasted the hell out of the ridge. Someone just found a sweet spot and sent a wall down. Regardless it should be on their site and it is not.

And yes, that persistent weak layer is probably going to be giving us fits through February. Stupid October snows...
Man, you can't please anyone..."where's the snow." "Too much snow!"

Sarcasm of course! I'm headed to breck next week for 12 days, gotta say with my lack of avalanche knowledge and my desire to hit bowls and trees, I'm a little nervous...
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Well at least Breck is being open about it. I had a friend get buried up to his chin at Wold Creek ski area during that big weekend in November. CAIC took a report but there is no mention of it on the site. The slide was not due to Wolf Creek's carelessnes, they blasted the hell out of the ridge. Someone just found a sweet spot and sent a wall down. Regardless it should be on their site and it is not.

And yes, that persistent weak layer is probably going to be giving us fits through February. Stupid October snows...
Not sure if Breck was really open about it or just owned up to it after rampant rumors of multiple visitors getting caught in an in-bounds avy started leaking out. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

If there's a valid knock on CAIC, it's that they do tend to protect the resorts. Resort visitors getting caught in in-bounds slides is certainly bad publicity. I'd be willing to bet that it happens quite a bit more often than we realize. From CAIC's perspective, they should be reporting on these incidents. However, the ski industry is pretty much the driver of the economy for a good portion of our state and a lot of care is taken not to damage it.
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Man, you can't please anyone..."where's the snow." "Too much snow!"

Sarcasm of course! I'm headed to breck next week for 12 days, gotta say with my lack of avalanche knowledge and my desire to hit bowls and trees, I'm a little nervous...
Well, trees are generally safer than open bowls in terms of avalanche danger, however, at resorts with managed snowpacks I'm not certain that would hold true. Treed runs generally require ski cutting to manage and that is A LOT of terrain to manage via ski cutting. You can bomb bowls, but that's not really practical for treed runs.
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:12 PM   #1924 (permalink)
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Looks like good snow fall and high winds right now. CAIC has posted a special advisory.

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Avalanche conditions are scary right now. The new snow and wind is increasing the likelihood you can trigger a large avalanche. While the incoming storm will likely not be enough to push us into HIGH (Level 4) danger, it is getting us closer to that line. Extra caution will be needed for the next couple days, as we test buried weak layers once again. Similar recent loading events have produced some of the largest avalanches we've seen this season. We are recommending you avoid any steep slope that is receiving fresh wind-loading.
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It's going to be sketch out there. Definitely have well defined safe travel plans if you go outside of the ropes. Not the conditions to wing it in.
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:15 PM   #1925 (permalink)
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Went to Steamboat yesterday....oh man I love that place! The snow is amazing, they have tons of coverage. I think Im going to move there! Id be fine being a one mountain rider!
Have fun living in the bubble you'll become either a gay cowboy or an alcoholic real quick. Towns great to visit but you have to be willing to give up a lot to live there.

It's heavy wind loaded snow out there right now. Anyone traveling out a gate or in the BC be real cautious. I was watching stuff in relatively flat areas break when I would slash it.

Linville I knew about the Avy but everyone I've talked to in town had no clue anyone was caught in it. Which says something if a town this small isn't talking about it.
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Have fun living in the bubble you'll become either a gay cowboy or an alcoholic real quick.

Can't be both??? Damn country, keeping the gay alcoholic cowboy down...
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It is worth noting that ski areas donate a substantial amount of money to CAIC.
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My buddy in Vail said it's been absolutely puking all day, and that tomorrow has the potential of being the best day of the year so far. He's not one to over-hype anything, so I'm feeling like a little kid the night before Christmas right now.
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One of my filmers was over there today. From the clip I saw it looks GOOD.
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Anyone going to be up at Loveland Sunday?
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