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Inbounds Beacon Useage (Alta)

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Wow, that rocks. I like the kid on the second one who says "It's still moving, those people need to get skiing faster..."
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I traversed right under that twice the day before that vid (last Sat.)
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I traversed right under that twice the day before that vid (last Sat.)
This was last Wed. It slid again after the Sat slide.
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I guess the positive way to think about it is at least they got this with the control work and it didn't happen by accident.
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I guess the positive way to think about it is at least they got this with the control work and it didn't happen by accident.
Yup, it's why you do control work. I was on the lift a few years ago and got to see Main Chute run almost like that. It was awesome.
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Hey, Lonnie.

Are you sure the video is from a Wednesday slide? We were riding up the Collins lift on Sunday morning (March 4) when they blew the portion between Little Chute and Main. That explosion resluted in a HUGE slide that ran down into Ballroom and the powder cloud made it almost all the way to the lift. It was gigundus.

We then skied off toward Glory Hole and Devil's Castle. While we were over there, they blew the Main Chute to west-shoulder area and I think that's the slide most of those videos are from.

In both cases, they were setting off multiple large charges simultaneously and knocked off what looked like ALL the snow in that hanging snowfield that adjoins Little and Main. Once the second one was over on Sunday, it didn't look like there was any snow at all left to come down.

Post #33 in this thread at TGR - http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ht=baldy+chute - has a before-and-after of the second of the two big slides.

On Saturday morning, we also saw a moderate powder slide on that smaller chute to looker's right of Main. It was a hand-route slide and I actually got some photos of that one. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me on Sunday morning. Dontcha know.
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Are you sure the video is from a Wednesday slide?
Yes (or at least pretty sure). One of my co-workers posted the video from the collins chair. So this was the 2nd slide like this in less than a week. Whoa.

EDIT: Looking at the TGR post, I'm less sure.

L
post #9 of 14
Similar results at Kirkwood, except there was no one on this side of the Mountain when patrol set it off. That crown goes to 8-feet and took out all of Thimble peak.



post #10 of 14
I'm pretty sure this was from Sunday also. At least that's when all the debris got tossed over Main St and they closed Ballroom.
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Baldy slide...

That is an impressive slide, and unfortunately, is representative of the snowpack this year. It probably didn't help that the storm cycle that came though at the end of February came with a lot of wind, too, which probably loaded things up.

I recall a similar slide in the early 90's, when pretty much the entire center of Devils Castle ran down and filled Cecret lake. I watched it from the top of the old Sunnyside lift.
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This was last Wed. It slid again after the Sat slide.

I dunno. I wasn't there on Wed., but after the slide on Sunday I don't think there was anything left to slide. The Sunday slide had choppers flying around just like in the vid as well. Are you sure your friend didn't shoot it on Sunday and post it on Wednesday? Speaking of avalanches - how about the two geniuses skiing S. Superior yesterday afternoon in the bright sunny 50 degree heat?
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Let's just say, Date TBD. Whenever it was, it was impressive.
post #14 of 14
pffft. alta rookies. this is a crown:
http://www.avalanche.org/~uac/photos...20Jenkins.jpg/
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