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Avalanche danger in Stowe backcountry

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I was looking at Stowe's website to see how much snow they're receiving from this storm, and I saw this on their snow conditions page:

SNOW ALERT!

AVALANCHE WARNING! Stowe Mountain Rescue has issued an advisory that a continued RISK OF AVALANCHES still exists in the backcountry. With the weather that is forecasted, these conditions are expected to continue through this week! Please be safe!

I've never been in the Stowe backcountry, so I'm not sure what sort of terrain exists back there. I've just never seen an Eastern snow report page start off with the words "avalanche warning" before. :
post #2 of 3
Saw the sign the other day and also saw some skiers/boarders walking by it to ski the chin. It's an area on Mt Mansfield where there are some chutes and such. Near the Cliff House lodge off to the right.

Last week it looked a little hairy up there - lots of ice on the exposed rock face.

I got a phonecam pic of me next to the sign (don't have my phone on me). According to someone I spoke with there it happens once every several years or so they have such conditions.
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Yeah, weve had a bunch of snow here, and its all over a weak layer of sunbaked crust. A couple of years ago a local pro, a meathead, was killed when a slide carried him over a cliff in the stowe BC. After that many of us are taking the Ecoast avi warnings a bit more seriously.

www.meatheadfilms.com
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