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Indiana avalanche! I kid you not!

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One of our local hills actually had an avalanche last night. The slope developed a fracture at the top and came crashing down during the night. One lift was tower was heavily damaged, and another lift may have also. Good thing it happened at night with no skiers on the hill. This picture was taken with a phone camera:


http://www.snapfish.com/slideshow/Al...70/t_=40942170

Can you imagine being buried in an Indiana avalanche!!
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See thread http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=34413

At least there's a pic to go with it now.
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Thread Starter 
I did not see your previous post. I guess it happened last week. I just got the picture today.
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Wow, the scale of the photo, really puts it in perspective.

today near the edge of the world (my favored drop in point is just past those 2 guys looking over the edge):
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Damn Cirque, I never guessed all those nights at Boston Mills (Ohio) were life threatening
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Its a different world out here newfydog...as you well know. We drop to the first turn at times farther than Ohio has vertical. Still, you have to respect the beginnings. Come to think of it, BM/BW might have been more hazardous with all that ice and out of control beginners.
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Its a different world out here newfydog...as you well know. We drop to the first turn at times farther than Ohio has vertical. Still, you have to respect the beginnings. Come to think of it, BM/BW might have been more hazardous with all that ice and out of control beginners.
No kidding. I moved from Ohio to CO (Louisville) in Nov 84 and left Dec 88. Used to ski a lot in Summit County and Vail/BC. You are correct that drop ins like that get your full and complete attention, something you cannot experience skiing in the midwest. However, the only time I was ever injured, I was hit from behind by an out of control skier/rider (snomobile suit in a gorilla stance) was on the T-bar hill at MRM in Ohio while I was patrolling. (Yes, I pulled his ticket.

Considering the lack of vertical and steepness of the runs in OH/IN, who would have ever thought there would be an avalance around here.
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Its a different world out here newfydog...as you well know. We drop to the first turn at times farther than Ohio has vertical. Still, you have to respect the beginnings. Come to think of it, BM/BW might have been more hazardous with all that ice and out of control beginners.
"Your toughest competitor lives in your knogan; Some days his name is fear, or gravity, or doubt. Stomp His A$$"
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Originally Posted by SrMike
No kidding. I moved from Ohio to CO (Louisville) in Nov 84 and left Dec 88. Used to ski a lot in Summit County and Vail/BC. You are correct that drop ins like that get your full and complete attention, something you cannot experience skiing in the midwest. However, the only time I was ever injured, I was hit from behind by an out of control skier/rider (snomobile suit in a gorilla stance) was on the T-bar hill at MRM in Ohio while I was patrolling. (Yes, I pulled his ticket.

Considering the lack of vertical and steepness of the runs in OH/IN, who would have ever thought there would be an avalance around here.
That's not entirely true, the statement about the lack of steepness of the runs in OH/IN. There was a ski hill in Brown County, Indiana called Ski World (which has since been closed down) that had a run called Petty's Plunge that had a sustained pitch of 70 degrees. I skiied it once, and it was a near vertical decent.
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Originally Posted by Forrester
That's not entirely true, the statement about the lack of steepness of the runs in OH/IN. There was a ski hill in Brown County, Indiana called Ski World (which has since been closed down) that had a run called Petty's Plunge that had a sustained pitch of 70 degrees. I skiied it once, and it was a near vertical decent.
Here we go again. Anyone want to take bets its 70 percent?

huckingfellers, that voice in my head keeps getting louder as I get older. To shout it down, I start on drops like in the picture above, before getting into the chutes. Impact and speed rarely live up to my imagination. Dropping in seems to cure the problem.
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Here we go again. Anyone want to take bets its 70 percent?
Unless he was weaing a harness and roped in, it wasn't 70 degrees.
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Originally Posted by zion zig zag
Unless he was wearing a harness and roped in, it wasn't 70 degrees.
Seriously. LOL

I myself prefer to rip up the 90degree 9,000' vertical lines filled with trees and on cross country ski equipment. Not much of a rush though after the violent fall I took down the 4 degree approach.
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Originally Posted by huckingfellers
Seriously. LOL

I myself prefer to rip up the 90degree 9,000' vertical lines filled with trees and on cross country ski equipment. Not much of a rush though after the violent fall I took down the 4 degree approach.
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I heard you took that one on the noggin and all it did was silence one of the voices---and leave one helluva (sorry Greg) divot?

Watch out for school buses on those approaches.
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Originally Posted by zion zig zag
Unless he was weaing a harness and roped in, it wasn't 70 degrees.
I can't say whether that's true or not, but that's how they advertized it. I can say that from the drop in, you couldn't see the slope, only the bottom where the runout began.
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Originally Posted by skier_j
I heard you took that one on the noggin and all it did was silence one of the voices---and leave one helluva (sorry Greg) divot?

Watch out for school buses on those approaches.
The Blue Busses ?
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Originally Posted by huckingfellers
The Blue Busses ?
he he, inside joke---sorry!
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Originally Posted by huckingfellers
The Blue Busses ?
The short bus?
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Forrester you ever ride the blue bus ? lol
J/K
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My mommy wouldn't let me ride the bus to school all of the kids picked on me.
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