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Thought-Provoking Avalanches at Jackson Hole 1-15-2014

post #1 of 7
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Here's what this morning's Jackson Hole avalanche report said:

 

GENERAL AVALANCHE ADVISORY

At 3 PM yesterday a group of skiers remotely triggered a large slab avalanche on the Mini Hoback that took out trees and ran full path. Reports of large avalanches that released naturally are being submitted to the Center as clearing skies afford views of the backcountry. By definition the general avalanche hazard is considerable today because natural avalanche activity is possible and human triggered avalanches are likely. In reality most fatal avalanches accidents occur during periods of considerable or moderate hazard. The combination of warming temperatures, enticing sunny skies and large unstable slabs is a recipe for an accident. Expert knowledge must be paired with restraint and conservative terrain choices for safe travel in avalanche terrain today.

 

For those of you who aren't familiar, the Mini Hobacks are two ridge-fronts located just to the south (left looking up at the mountains) from the South Hoback ski run inside the JH resort.  Both Mini Hobacks are fairly easily accessible from the JH backcountry gates and get skied regularly.  They have more or less the same elevation, aspect, and pitch of North and South Hoback inside the ski resort.  I couldn't tell you how many times I've skied one or the other of these Mini Hobacks over the years.

 

So here's a photo of that Mini Hoback and the avalanche.  You'll also note a very large natural avalanche on the open slope above the Mini Hoback.  That's an area called the Martini Chutes on the southeast face of Rendezvous Peak.  I've outlined both avalanches with orange lines:

 

 

South Hoback would be about a mile give-or-take from the right edge of this photo.

 

We're not the only area around the West where these conditions prevail.  Everybody be safe out there.

post #2 of 7
As individuals, we can't control avalanches, only terrain choice. Choose carefully and when on doubt, flatten it out.
post #3 of 7

It's sketchy out there, even Bergin is going to be staying in-bounds.  I'm supposed to go OB with a guide and a guest tomorrow.  I hope we get to do it!

post #4 of 7
Thanks Bob.

Just waiting for the report of someone dropping in on top of someone else up on the Pass, Taylor, Mail Cabin, etc.

Things are VERY reactive on the west side.

HB
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

As individuals, we can't control avalanches, only terrain choice. Choose carefully and when on doubt, flatten it out.

 

Terrain choice obviously also includes being very careful about your line selection.  Your comment and the image above made me think of the CAIC final report I read last night from the new year's eve fatality near Steamboat:

 

http://avalanche.state.co.us/caic/acc/acc_report.php?accfm=inv&acc_id=514

 

Quote:
Skier 2 then began his descent, but after passing Skier 1, turned skier's right and further into the avalanche path than planned. Skier 2 triggered the slab from low in the start zone, and the entire slab broke above him. 

 

The orange line in this image shows how he was lured in by some nice powder turns and paid the ultimate price:

 

 

That image is the best description of why I don't ski BC unguided.  In addition to not having the education and experience, and even if I did, I wouldn't trust myself to not get lured in by the sweetness of a few nice powder turns.  They dug two pits!   Please be careful out there folks!

post #6 of 7

There's a reason there are only very small trees in the area of the avalanche. 

post #7 of 7
Personally, I think it's a good time to wear your transceiver inbounds if you have one.

Mike
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