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In-bounds slide at Alta

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Here.  

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Yep I was there. Collins was closed for a good part of the day and Supreme never opened. The skiing was pretty great before then although visibility was horrible. Good to hear that nobody was seriously injured.

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was reading Today that 13 slides in the last 4 days in the wasatch...

another reason to don't give up your avy gear in storm days!
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I was excited to hear about all the fresh snow, but I guess it has it's drawbacks as well
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Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
 

Yep I was there. Collins was closed for a good part of the day and Supreme never opened. The skiing was pretty great before then although visibility was horrible. Good to hear that nobody was seriously injured.


how are the crowds ?

I haven't skied snowbird in a while but i do remember some heinous line ups . I know this is the worst time to plan a trip between xmas and new years but i was thinking solitude might be ok early in the day.

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Report from one of those involved who recently joined EpicSki.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/122169/avalanches-inside-the-ski-area-boundry/90#post_1661578

 

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So i was trolling forums to find commentary on Utah conditions and came across this chat on the Alta slide. I thought I'd give my two cents since I was one of the three skiers.   The slide was triggered from above by some skiers who came over the ridge.  We were traversing along the normal line a bit lower. Blindsided us. I had no idea what hit me. The video is from a few minutes after, and those skiers were far from helpless bystanders.  They were exactly the experienced, cool and helpful type of skier that makes Utah proud. They helped dig out one kid who was completely buried. Pulled me out of waist-deep cement.  The patrol arrived soon after and did a very methodical probe line thru the entire field in case someone else was in there.  They were pros, but also surprised: no one could remember the last inbounds slide.   

 

As for protection. The two of us who were only partially buried both had considered putting on our beacons that morning, but decided it wasn't necessary because we were inbounds.  He had Recco; I did not.  After watching the probe line, I am determined to order some Recco strips from the company for my helmet and boots.  If someone with Recco had been buried, the patrol dude with the Recco receiver would have found them quickly (and, yes, he chased away all observers because of the noise their Recco's were making.)  Without it, the probe line is the last resort, and can take quite a while.  Having the full back country set-up in bounds (shovel, probe, beacon) is not needed, though I may shove my beacon in my pocket on big days now.  Oh, and as for the dogs: they seemed to like me. But I am from Colorado, the land of the legal....

 
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Scary stuff. Be safe out there everyone.

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