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Colorado- possibly sketchy conditions in the backcountry right now.

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Stolen from Snowmass Ski Patrol's Facebook feed. Picture taken today of Garrett's peak just to the West of Snowmass.  Apparently natural- no reports that it was skier triggered, thank god.

 

For reference, that bowl is as least as big as Highlands Bowl. About 2500 vertical feet visible in the picture. The snow in that gully could be 50 feet deep now.

 

Avalanche risk yesterday/today for this area, elevation, aspect: CONSIDERABLE.  Please don't be complacent just because the risk isn't officially labeled "HIGH".

 

Stay safe out there.

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Here is a video of skiers descending taken from Sam's Knob on Snowmass a few years ago. Puts into perspective how giant the slide was.

 

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Holy crap that was huge, stay safe out there all you western guys and gals.

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That's a lot of snow.  

With the lack of snow last year and early this season, I'm sure everyone is eager to get out there and enjoy the blessings of the storms.  

Crazy stuff out there, eh? 

There was a big slide on Loveland Pass Tuesday.

Photo cred Noofus

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That's a lot of snow.  

With the lack of snow last year and early this season, I'm sure everyone is eager to get out there and enjoy the blessings of the storms.  

Crazy stuff out there, eh? 

There was a big slide on Loveland Pass Tuesday.

Photo cred Noofus

 

 

And this one *was* skiier-triggered according to the CAIC web page.  However as far as I can tell nobody was hurt.

 

This is only a week and a half after Montezuma Bowl avy'ed at A-Basin catching a bunch of people in the slide, but again fortunatly no serious injuries.

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Sending vibes that nobody dies this weekend. Obviously conditions are right for huge stepdown avalanches going right to the ground, and this is before this weekend's storm.

 

FYI- the storm has hit in the San Juans- I'm at 7500 feet, and it is laying down very wet and heavy so far. The hopes are that it will lighten up as temps drop, but the storm will be adding WEIGHT to scary conditions.

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But also by being a right side storm it should bond better to the layers below. That being said, the backcountry is a pretty scary.place now as described in those terms by the CAIC.

 

be careful out there!

 

Mike

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