A-Basin Avalanche

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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

Postby MonGoose » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:13 pm

There's an awesome website that displays the slope of every run from the major ski resorts in Google Earth.

Disclaimer: The "slide" label is my interpretation of where the avalanche occurred and is not representative of the actual location or the extent of the slide.
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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

Postby DArcyS » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:47 pm

Nice MonGoose, thanks.

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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

Postby planet54 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:12 pm

A skier triggered a slide on Peak 1 today.He is okay and fortunate.Be careful out there !!
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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

Postby Stevo68 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:40 am

My buddy and I always wear our avy beacons when skiing the East Wall at A-Basin or the back bowls of Vail. I always felt it was a bit overkill but I figured since I spent the money on a beacon, I might as well use it. In retrospect, I think it's a pretty good idea.

much like you I have always done the east wall with all my avy gear and some montezuma terrain as well. I was more worried about burning through batteries but obvisouly nature dgaf about anything
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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

Postby MonGoose » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:59 am

Here's a CNN interview with the guy who was buried:

Al acknowledges but does not provide any of the details on his blog.

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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

Postby Magnum420 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:13 am

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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

Postby dehrlich101 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:24 am

That crown is insane.
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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

Postby Jim Davies » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:30 am

No kidding. It's amazing how deep the snow can be underfoot in wind-loaded areas.
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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

Postby ak47 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:13 pm

Another fatal avalanche on cameron pass yesterday...Be careful out there everyone please! The snowpack especially above treeline is incredibly variable with windslabs over persistent weak layers on 3/4 of the compass! These persistent layers could remain active, even if buried very deep like in the sanjuans, west elks, etc for the remainder of the season. The next few weeks will continue to be touchy in avalanche terrain, as the caic has stated repeatedly even with "modest loads". PLEASE Think seriously about your terrain selection NOW so we can hopefully ski the high peaks in april/may! AK

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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

Postby pills2619 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:18 pm

The avalanche was triggered by snowboarders who dropped in on the same slope while the skiers were still on the line. If you ask me they should be forced to apologize to the families of these guys for their utter stupidity, have their snowboards revoked, and reproductive organs removed. RIP Joe. Hopefully Alex is able to fully recover but from what I heard he is in pretty bad shape.
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Re: A-Basin Avalanche

Postby RxMike » Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:27 pm

pills2619 wrote:The avalanche was triggered by snowboarders who dropped in on the same slope while the skiers were still on the line. .

Where did it say that snowboarders caused it? The Coloradoan is saying the dog triggered it.


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