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Avalanche at Holiday Valley!

post #1 of 17
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Yep, and it even made the 6:00 News. A section of their steepest run, "The Wall" broke free this afternoon. It looked like it was about 4 ft deep. It was sheared off and went down to the ground.

The hill was closed. No one was hurt.

It had not been groomed yet. They were pushing it back up a little while ago.

Very odd for here.
post #2 of 17
Gotta be a first for anything in NYS west of the Adirondacks!
post #3 of 17
that slope has slid several times and manamde snow avalanches are alot more common than you would think.

I have even witness natural snow sloughing at blue knob, and know that seven springs had the same thing happen on fittingly avalanche slope. Perfect north also slid last year in indiana. yeah Indiana!!!
post #4 of 17
wet slab? must have been if it went to the ground. My guess is that it was warm and did not freeze overnight.
post #5 of 17
They've been blowing snow on that slope like crazy for a while now. From memory the last 150 or so vertical feet is rather steep, so if they let the man-made snow "beetle" up without pushing it around I could see why it slid.

It was still pretty weird seeing it on the news though. :
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by lloyd braun View Post
wet slab? must have been if it went to the ground. My guess is that it was warm and did not freeze overnight.
I think your right. It was 15 2 days before and they blew a ton for 48hrs. The afternoon it fell was about 34 and had not been groomed yet.
post #7 of 17
I seem to remember about 3 to 5 years ago there was another avalanche in western New York possibly on the same hill. Extra points for the first one to find it.
post #8 of 17
The steep part of the Wall, the run the slide was on is about 150 yds. long and about 35 degrees. The problem was, you can't put a 20 ft. pile of snow on a hill that steep where the ground isn't frozen. They've done it before. Pretty stupid if you ask me.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by catskills View Post
I seem to remember about 3 to 5 years ago there was another avalanche in western New York possibly on the same hill. Extra points for the first one to find it.
Yes, the slope actually slid a few years back - 5 or 6 maybe if I remember (-it was mentioned that this has happened before but usually at night, I think previous one it was even before the season started, basically a mud slide back then in the fall.) It changed the middle/ bottom of the hill some removing a whale back and transplanting it at the bottom of the slope before the run out- 66% grade they discuss is only this section).
post #10 of 17
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This story on their website today. http://www.holidayvalley.com/news.cfm?story=206
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post #11 of 17
good for them for being so up front about it-
post #12 of 17
Yeah, I was up there and saw it. it was pretty wild.
post #13 of 17
WOW!

My daughter who's currently spending a scholar year in the US skied there two weeks ago. Weird.
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Hot linked
post #16 of 17
It looks like this shot was taken before the second slide mentioned in the linked article. It looks like they are probing for possible victims, but with another obvious fracture line above the crown and no ski tracks going into the slide zone, I wonder if that's necessary or safe.
post #17 of 17
I was thinking the same thing, seems to be A LOT of hang fire up there.
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