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This is an interesting video of Stevens Pass avalanche control 

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Bye bye trees!
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That is a sweet video!

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Cool video. Interesting to see them bomb the backcounty.
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Did you notice the size of the cornice at the shear line after the slide dropped?

 

That thing is huge!

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Did you notice the size of the cornice at the shear line after the slide dropped?

 

That thing is huge!

I noticed that.

Gives new meaning to the term "Dropping!!"

post #7 of 12

Here's a photo of the ridge that was bombed.  All of the inbounds skiing is this side of the close ridge.  Everything under where the avalanche was is out of bounds.  It surprised me that they bombed it because I thought (mistakenly, obviously) that the ridge was in the Federal Alpine Lakes Wilderness and therefore it was illegal to do avalanche control, at least with explosives.  You can see the cornice in the same place, even though this picture is several years old.

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The Lake Susan Jane avy path IS in the ALW. They are allowed to bomb on an "emergency" basis. It's interesting to think about, what constitutes an emergency when you're talking about bombing a wilderness area. I'm surprised they allow this, actually, or that a wilderness group hasn't sued. I'd think they might be required to close the affected during high avy danger instead. But of course a slide could end up at the base of Jupiter and I guess wipe that out...thus an emergency?

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The Lake Susan Jane avy path IS in the ALW. They are allowed to bomb on an "emergency" basis. It's interesting to think about, what constitutes an emergency when you're talking about bombing a wilderness area. I'm surprised they allow this, actually, or that a wilderness group hasn't sued. I'd think they might be required to close the affected during high avy danger instead. But of course a slide could end up at the base of Jupiter and I guess wipe that out...thus an emergency?


After looking at the picture more I realized that there are tracks going right into the avalanche path, so maybe the emergency is that you can't keep idiots out of there even when there is extreme avy danger.

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Wet, well lubricated snow. Heard it, but didn't see it:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxi8aWWg3n0&sns=em
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I just saw on Facebook that had a bigger slide this afternoon that took out the bottoms of the High Campbell lift.
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