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Avalanche at Mammoth 4/17/06

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Climax slid today. So far no reports of major injuries or deaths thank goodness. Check out the photo of the slide at the following link http://forums.mammothmountain.com/fo...nterthread =y
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Sure hope everyone is OK. so far the news is everyone got out. Anyone else notice how many tracks are going into the crown and along the slab fracture? Hundreds of people skied on that slab before someone found the trigger.

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So anybody want to revist this thread now???

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=33905&

Thanks goodness that everyone was OK. What jumped out at me in reading the report was that it went down at 2:00 pm. That's pretty much the peak danger time for spring snow wet slides. Anybody know the aspect of that slope? It looks kinda northish, which is generally a fairly safe bet. However as the sun gets higher in the ski, even north facing aspects can get significant sun damage. This could explain why so many folks were able to ski it earlier in the day and it let go later when things were warmer. I wonder if they saw any roller balls or any other tell tell signs of an impending wet slide.....

L
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Lonnie, the snowpack here is uncharacteristically unstable. We have a record snow depth and are suddenly emerging from winter to spring conditions, with up to 40 inches of new snow in the past 48 hours. The spring sun and warmer temperturess increase temperature gradients in the snowpack, and combined with massive cornices on North Northeast exposures, makes the backcountry a dangerous prospect until things stabilize a bit. These changes could also expose some deep weak layers inbounds; a condition we don't see often. All aspects could be vulnerable for the next few days while the snowpack warms and settles. Here we are in April, and I still haven't done any spring skiing.

Thanks for the link to the inbounds beacon use thread. Interesting to look back on what was being said at the beginning of the season. For me, thngs haven't changed much. I still beep in or out of bounds, and so far (thankfully), it hasn't made a difference.
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Yikes! That really is a huge slide. Glad to hear that no one was injured or killed.

Man, the Mammoth folks must be really rocking from all the stressful events taking place this winter. I can't imagine what the mood is like there now.

Thatsagirl
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There's some video of the actual slide and the rescue of a woman caught in the avy...

http://msnbc.msn.com/

Click on "today show highlights" video to see it. Sorry, couldn't figure out how to link to the actual video.
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Matt missing and ear - good one!:
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I think it's totally awesome to see how many people volunteered to help, we're all in this together folks!
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Right under the lift. Luck more people were not in the path.
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MammothSnowman,
X-resident here...now inprisoned in LA/forced to drive weekly to u ..

Q: Did'nt Climax let go of a big one in the 70's I recall as well that took out the top of chair 5? For others...chair 5 is directly below the rocky area/to the left of climax but slight back up a slope..gets closed from time to time for this reason below.
DJB


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I think it's totally awesome to see how many people volunteered to help, we're all in this together folks!
Holy s*** thats a lot of probing! There was a smaller effort a few years ago at an area I won't name, where some people were reported missing....turns out they were on the probe line!
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