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Wild Jackson Hole Video from 3-30-2010

post #1 of 21
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This was shot from inside the summit lift station at the top of the Sublette Chair this past Tuesday morning.

Here's what it looks like to have 100mph PLUS winds blowing at you:



post #2 of 21
 Wow...
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I vote for bar down
post #4 of 21
You gotta be kidding me, right.??

Why was the lift running.??

Ya, I know...it wasn't. So, why were there people on the lift.??

That is poor judgement on the mountain staff.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post

You gotta be kidding me, right.??

Why was the lift running.??

Ya, I know...it wasn't. So, why were there people on the lift.??

That is poor judgement on the mountain staff.

This happened during the short and very violent passage of a storm front.  The winds went from about 35mph to over 100mph in less than fifteen minutes.  They were running the lift very slowly to unload the last of the passengers, well after they had stopped loading people at the bottom of the chair.

I don't think it's poor judgement at all.  I think they did exactly what they're supposed to do.

Weather is a common occurrence in big mountains.
post #6 of 21
Jackson Hole is worth it!
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post




This happened during the short and very violent passage of a storm front.  The winds went from about 35mph to over 100mph in less than fifteen minutes.  They were running the lift very slowly to unload the last of the passengers, well after they had stopped loading people at the bottom of the chair.

I don't think it's poor judgement at all.  I think they did exactly what they're supposed to do.

Weather is a common occurrence in big mountains.
 
I can see that.  
Some of these chair lift rides take time.  In that amount of time a story can pick up very unexpectedly.....
Glad they got them all off, eh?
post #8 of 21
I think I was on the tram when all that happened. I got on just as it opened around 1PM- wind was howling like crazy. Not the strongest wind ever (for me) but it definitely got my attention. No poor judgement on the mountain staff... I'll try to post a picture of our mountain warning message. It is NOT a joke. This is Jackson Hole, it's different here.
post #9 of 21
Wow.

At what point do you kick off your skis or board? I'm sure the wind was tugging at them something fierce. A lift ride that won't be quickly forgotten.
post #10 of 21
We had 98mph at the top of Mt. Ogden Tuesday.  I was snowboarding & had stopped (on my knees like snowboarders do) to talk to some people.  When I stood up to go, I was blown completely off my feet.

Weather happens!
JF
post #11 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post




This happened during the short and very violent passage of a storm front.  The winds went from about 35mph to over 100mph in less than fifteen minutes.  They were running the lift very slowly to unload the last of the passengers, well after they had stopped loading people at the bottom of the chair.

I don't think it's poor judgement at all.  I think they did exactly what they're supposed to do.

Weather is a common occurrence in big mountains.

 

Understood. Weather happens in a hurry, sometimes.

But man, something looks terribly wrong with that video.
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 I had two students in a half day lesson that day, a mother and a 17 yo daughter.  We started at 1:00 from the top of the Gondola.  By the time we were into Amphitheater Mom was very uncomfortable and was asking to be taken down.  It was pretty intense.  The wind was whipping the hardest and the visibility was the worst right below the bottom of Casper lift where there was a natural funnel.  Poor Mom!  We couldn't see two feet in any direction.  Not the edge of the traverse, not the ground, nothing.  Once we got into the trees it wasn't too bad, but for about 50', even I was a bit worried I might ski over the edge with them right behind me.  We got down and the daughter and I skied a fantastic run from the gondola in knee deep powder that was untracked as far as I could see.  The Gondi was the only lift still running and it shut down during our run.  She had never skied powder and took to it very fast and liked it.  I wanted another run so bad I could taste it and I wanted her to get some more too.  Oh well.  I LOVE storm skiing!  That lift ride might look scary, but the run down is so worth it!
post #13 of 21
Yeah!..........Wow  That is something else.  Thank you for the post.

Nature will humble the toughest man. If you don't have a FIRM respect for it. People will be writing an Obituary for you. (And maybe they won't if they don't find your remains.) If you don't have and keep that high level of respect. Don't even expect condolences.

Sorry this has been building for a while and I needed to vent it. I'm tired of hearing all this crap about the irresponsible. Role the dice with nature and life continually. You'll see what you get.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post

You gotta be kidding me, right.??

Why was the lift running.??

Ya, I know...it wasn't. So, why were there people on the lift.??

That is poor judgement on the mountain staff.
Sugaree, I would recommend you not go to Jackson Hole until you learn a little more.  Alpine Mountain weather conditions change quickly and you should always be prepared for the worst of the worst conditions. Yes be prepared for 110 MPH winds.  Notice everyone survived this condition.

As was already said, JH is different.  JH doesn't have an orange bamboo stick with an orange disk on every exposed rock or bare spot like east coast ski areas.   Your on your own at JH.  If its too windy or cold for you, your responsible to know that and your responsible to not get on the lift in the first place.   The emphasis here is its your responsibility. 
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Originally Posted by catskills View Post

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Sugaree, I would recommend you not go to Jackson Hole until you learn a little more.  Alpine Mountain weather conditions change quickly and you should always be prepared for the worst of the worst conditions. Yes be prepared for 110 MPH winds.  Notice everyone survived this condition.

As was already said, JH is different.  JH doesn't have an orange bamboo stick with an orange disk on every exposed rock or bare spot like east coast ski areas.   Your on your own at JH.  If its too windy or cold for you, your responsible to know that and your responsible to not get on the lift in the first place.   The emphasis here is its your responsibility. 
 

Ditto. I love that it is wild
post #16 of 21
Wow.

I was thinking how difficult it would have been to evacuate those people if it had come to that.  
post #17 of 21
Looks cold.  My wind chill chart doesn't have 110 mph listed.
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 We don't even report windchill in JH.  It's too depressing.
post #19 of 21
Well, I'd sure be crapping ice cubes if I were on that lift. 
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Speaking of quick-hitting storms in Jackson...
Jan 28, 2008.  Our flight was scheduled to leave that day.  9:30 am, things were rather peaceful looking out our condo.

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One hour later, the storm hit.  The airport shut down.  The mountain closed down for most of the day.  It was actually rather nice for us - once things calmed down, we spent some relaxing time walking around town, waiting for our flight the next day.

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In my notes for that trip, I have "92 mph gusts" written down.
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We mean it!!!
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