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Avalanche today in Delirium Dive at Sunshine

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At least two people were caught in an avalanche today in Delirium Dive at Sunshine.   

 

See link

 

http://globalnews.ca/news/1242120/2-people-caught-up-in-avalanche-near-sunshine-village-resort/

 

The article said it was in Milky Way, which is on the middle left of the pic below. 

That section was just opened a week or so ago - lousy place to be hit by an avalanche with the cliffs in the spill zone.  Another avalanche in the backcountry earlier this week that caught 3 people on Hero's  Knob in Kananaskis (where I often ski) appeared to go down to the basal layer.     

 

 

 

My heart goes out to the injured skiers and their families.


Edited by canadianskier - 3/31/14 at 6:50pm
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Tough year up here, Brown Shirt at Louise slid to ground after patrol estimated 1800+ skiers had been on the run. North Cornice probably won't even open for the remainder of the year and it is normally always open. Patrol are doing the best they can and i'm extremely surprised to see a slide in DD with it open...

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Milky Way gets a lot of sun exposure.  Some friends who were at Sunshine yesterday said the sun was warm.  Milky Way tends to be shallow snow compared to other parts of the Dive and is more wind effected.  Things go bad quickly with direct sun, especially on those slopes which also tend to be thinner and wind effected.  I've seen the slopes in Milky Way and Galaxy slide in past springs (no one was on them at the time) when open, while the rest of the Dive remained good.  No one really saw this one coming - Parks changed their avalanche prediction - now warning folks to watch out for sun effected slopes.     

 

This happened a couple of years ago on a run just outside of Taynton at Panorama - great skiing in the AM - slid in the mid afternoon sun and caught a couple of people.  Ava patrol checked the nearby slopes in AM and everything was fine.  A few hours of heat and sun later, everything was dangerous and all of Taynton was closed.

 

I agree - the avalanche conditions in this area all year have had an underlying bad layer or two that have made things worrisome.  There are several backcountry slopes that I have not gone near because of concern about stability.


Edited by canadianskier - 4/1/14 at 1:02pm
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