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Huge inbounds slides at Bridger...

post #1 of 18
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Triggered by control work. Sounds like the area is virtually closed for the moment. I really appreciate them putting the video up. Fascinating & educational stuff. Any first hand perspective?

 

 

And this has been making the rounds on FB: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150658777653759.395316.360786338758&type=3

post #2 of 18

This has been a strange year just about everywhere...  Can we reboot & start over again?

 

JF

 

post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post

This has been a strange year just about everywhere...  Can we reboot & start over again?

 

JF

 



Now hold your horses there! Not so fast...

 

While I sympathize with most of NA, the coastal PNW has had a banner year. The video I posted in Posaune's PNW thread is of a good couple days last week -- but if either is top ten for the season, it'd be just barely (and I'm gonna guess neither makes the cut). We don't need a reboot here, just a few more weeks of good storms.

 

That said, the more I think about those Bridger slides the more amazed I am. Props to patrol for that control work.

post #4 of 18

I'm no expert, but lots of new snow on recently warm steep ground seems like an unstable predicament. 

post #5 of 18
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Now hold your horses there! Not so fast...

 

While I sympathize with most of NA, the coastal PNW has had a banner year.


I did say "just about everywhere" wink.gif.

 

I know you guys have had a great year, & I am jealous!  Have you seen this crown from Mt. Baker?!

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JF

 

 

post #6 of 18

We were there. It was spectacular and sad to see the entire winter's snowpack in a sodden heap at the bottom of a runout, and one of my favorite treed gullies (name withheld to keep this a family site) was savaged. All I can say is, be careful out there.  

post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post
 Have you seen this crown from Mt. Baker?!

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JF

 

 

Yes, I've seen it, however from a distance.  Check out the other end of the slide, which I was able to see close up. It snowed over all of the junky debris, but this used to be a forest similar to the one on the side of the slide path.  This picture was taken from the groomer inbounds at the bottom of chair 8.  You can just see the boundary rope in the bottom right corner of the photo.

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post #8 of 18

Some photos of Bridger taken two days later:

 

Bridger Gully -- Alpine Lift lower right:

Bridger slide1.JPG

 

South Bowl --Pierre's Knob lift lower left:

Bridger slide3.JPG

 

post #9 of 18

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south bowl.jpg

 

Taken day of at bridger

 

A healthy reminder that the snowpack in the northern rockies this year is STILL unstable, even on heavily controlled and skier-compacted slopes

post #10 of 18

Did you know that folks making the documentary film "Snow Guardians" had someone filming that day?  So there is HD video of everything.

 

The teaser trailer is pretty impressive.  They just raised over $20,000 to help pay for final editing.  Could be released later in 2012.

 

post #11 of 18

Don't know about the slide, but that terrain looks epic. I wish we had that kind of skiing here.

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by spindrift View Post



Now hold your horses there! Not so fast...

 

While I sympathize with most of NA, the coastal PNW has had a banner year. The video I posted in Posaune's PNW thread is of a good couple days last week -- but if either is top ten for the season, it'd be just barely (and I'm gonna guess neither makes the cut). We don't need a reboot here, just a few more weeks of good storms.

 

That said, the more I think about those Bridger slides the more amazed I am. Props to patrol for that control work.

Amazing how just a couple of hundred miles makes such a big difference.  Really sub-par year at Bachelor this year.  We got no snow for 6 weeks, then we would get snow on top of rain, constantly. Each storm seemingly had some crappy weather component (usually rain) that would kill the snow.  Amazingly, we passed 100 inches of snow with only a few good ski days.  It seemed like on my days off, for about 6 weeks straight, the weather was crap (either rain or high winds shutting the mountain down). Weather has been great in the past 5-6 weeks, though.  Plenty of good snow to be had.  Too bad the first 3 months were the worst I have seen since I moved here!  Sounds like you guys up north avoided the majority of the lousy weather. 
 

 

post #13 of 18

Wow.  Thanks for posting!  That Mt Baker crown is incredible.

post #14 of 18

That was the bummer for me about the slides. We had just started getting some great skiing. Oh well, as I told someone else this week, at least this season's close to being in the rear view mirror and is unlikely to repeat itself in the near future. Next year could be EPIC!!! I sure hope so, since we've invited all you folks to gather at Bridger/BigSky/Moonlight Basin. 

post #15 of 18

Just be glad you guys don't live on the East Coast. Earliest closing I've seen in a decade. Skiing was pretty good on the groomers, and yeah, you could find some in the Woods, but we only really had one storm.

 

Next year will be better.

post #16 of 18

Hope you are right about next year.  Here in Colorado it is one of the worst seasons in the past several decades.  Unfortunately, a story on the local NPR station was talking about how the 3rd year of a La Nina cycle tends to be the worst of the drought for Colorado.  Sure hope they are wrong. 

 

Perhaps we'll have another confluence of the arctic oscillation and La Nina next year, in which case I'm headed for Canada and Europe...

 

Mike

post #17 of 18

Looking at the weather map yesterday, I thought Crested Butte might be having a good day. NOt sure exactly where it is, but looked like it might be in the zone.

post #18 of 18

Nope, we were pretty much skunked.  And with the almost no snow in March, even the 5" at the Basin is pretty much insignificant.

 

Evidently, Steamboat has so little snow they are trucking it in to try and stay open until after the weekend.

 

Here's the morning snow report from OntheSnow.

 

 

Resort Name New Snow Base Depth Cams Weather User Rating

Open   RSS

Arapahoe Basin 4 hours, 46 mins ago
 
24 HR: 5in.
72 HR: 7in.
43 - 43in.
Full Report

67 Cams
Clear
44°F Clear
Weather
3.9
46 Reviews
Aspen / Snowmass Region: Aspen 4 hours, 46 mins ago
 
24 HR: 0in.
72 HR: 1in.
27 - 55in.
Full Report

116 Cams
Clear
55°F Clear
Weather
4.3
16 Reviews
Beaver Creek 4 hours, 46 mins ago
 
24 HR: 0in.
72 HR: 0in.
42 - 42in.
Full Report

121 Cams
Partly Cloudy
60°F Partly Cloudy
Weather
4.2
37 Reviews
Breckenridge 4 hours, 46 mins ago
 
24 HR: 1in.
72 HR: 1in.
47 - 47in.
Full Report

157 Cams
Clear
52°F Clear
Weather
4.3
89 Reviews
Copper Mountain 4 hours, 46 mins ago
 
24 HR: 0in.
72 HR: 0in.
42 - 42in.
Full Report

116 Cams
Clear
52°F Clear
Weather
4.0
58 Reviews
Crested Butte 4 hours, 46 mins ago
 
24 HR: 0in.
72 HR: 0in.
32 - 32in.
Full Report

1104 Cams
Clear
49°F Clear
Weather
4.3
48 Reviews
Echo Mountain 4 hours, 46 mins ago
 
24 HR: 4in.
72 HR: 5in.
25 - 25in.
Full Report

26 Cams
 
3.4
12 Reviews
Eldora 4 hours, 43 mins ago
 
24 HR: 3in.
72 HR: 7in.
45 - 45in.
Full Report

31 Cams
Partly Cloudy
45°F Partly Cloudy
Weather
3.7
23 Reviews
Keystone 4 hours, 45 mins ago
 
24 HR: 1in.
72 HR: 1in.
35 - 35in.
Full Report

90 Cams
Clear
51°F Clear
Weather
3.9
60 Reviews
Loveland 4 hours, 45 mins ago
 
24 HR: 1in.
72 HR: 3in.
47 - 47in.
Full Report

69 Cams
Clear
52°F Clear
Weather
3.7
34 Reviews
Monarch 4 hours, 45 mins ago
 
24 HR: 0in.
72 HR: 0in.
50 - 50in.
Full Report

34 Cams
Clear
30°F Clear
Weather
3.9
24 Reviews
Silverton 4 hours, 44 mins ago
 
24 HR: 0in.
72 HR: 5in.
53 - 80in.
Full Report

45 Cams
Partly Cloudy
47°F Partly Cloudy
Weather
3.5
17 Reviews
SolVista 4 hours, 43 mins ago
 
24 HR: 0in.
72 HR: 0in.
15 - 15in.
Full Report

20 Cams
Clear
49°F Clear
Weather
3.6
17 Reviews
Steamboat 4 hours, 43 mins ago
 
24 HR: 0in.
72 HR: 0in.
33 - 48in.
Full Report

134 Cams
Clear
53°F Clear
Weather
4.4
69 Reviews
Telluride 4 hours, 42 mins ago
 
24 HR: 0in.
72 HR: 5in.
59 - 59in.
Full Report

112 Cams
Clear
48°F Clear
Weather
4.4
42 Reviews
Vail 4 hours, 42 mins ago
 
24 HR: 0in.
72 HR: 0in.
25 - 25in.
Full Report

147 Cams
Clear
58°F Clear
Weather
4.3
107 Reviews
Winter Park 4 hours, 42 mins ago
 
24 HR: 1in.
72 HR: 2in.
40 - 49in.
Full Report

131 Cams
Clear
49°F Clear
Weather
3.9
66 Reviews
Wolf Creek 4 hours, 20 mins ago
 
24 HR: 2in.
72 HR: 5in.
73 - 87in.
Full Report

50 Cams
Clear
32°F Clear
Weather
3.9
66 Reviews

 

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