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03-31-2011 11:50 PM
Toecutter Tree Well & Deep Snow Safety
03-31-2011 11:48 PM
rgrwilco Basically, its loose, unpacked snow surrounding a tree. when the snowpack in the area is deep, you can just fall right in.
03-31-2011 11:14 PM
Altephor
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^Just because your from the east does not spare you from death. There is above tree-line riding with very real avalanche danger in maine, new hampshire, vermont, and new york. Tree wells exist out east too. I was caught in one about 5 feet deep, right-side up thankfully. Let me tell you, it is not easy to climb out. Just because your not in the west does not mean mother nature spares you when it comes to all things snow related.
Well, I am also from the east and have no clue what they are. So, share?
03-30-2011 11:48 PM
rgrwilco ^Just because your from the east does not spare you from death. There is above tree-line riding with very real avalanche danger in maine, new hampshire, vermont, and new york. Tree wells exist out east too. I was caught in one about 5 feet deep, right-side up thankfully. Let me tell you, it is not easy to climb out. Just because your not in the west does not mean mother nature spares you when it comes to all things snow related.
03-30-2011 11:28 PM
Sincraft Being from the east this concept of death is foreign to me. Can someone explain to me how that happens? I imagine it has something to do with the fact that there is a ton of snow on the ground but the tree underneath doesnt have as much and you get 'caught' in the 'well' and then snow falls on top of you from the tree and buries you?

I'm really confused. In the east we measure snow by how much ice the snowmakers can blast overnight or, how much rain turns to ice pellets. While I dream of powder days, I do not want to encounter this if I head out west for sure!
03-30-2011 12:52 AM
DropShop dagnab. That would not be a good place to be. There's a reason they're called widowmakers.
03-28-2011 10:21 PM
Toecutter It's scary how easy it is to fall into a well. Today on my final run, closing in on the parking lot, I mis-timed a bump in the trees and somehow ended up right up against a big pine and sunk in. Fortunately I was face-up and didn't sink too far in. I was able to belly crawl my way out, but I thought about the irony of having posted the link to this video just yesterday.
03-28-2011 09:45 PM
NickCap that is scary... omg that makes me cringe... thanks god for ski patrol and wifes? haha
03-27-2011 11:07 AM
slckofit man very lucky.
03-27-2011 10:45 AM
Argo lucky motherfucker.....
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