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  • #630010
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    Tallac was flawless today. Shit got warm. All pow on non north aspects is done.
    My buddy Paul and I dropped North Bowl on the lookers right side. It’s still bony off the peak. Then hit right arm of Cross and slayed perfect pow all the way to willow flats. Only tracks on that side….. 😆 :scratch:

    Only point and shoot photos again (wish i brought helmet cam)

    Looking up at Main Cross. Only caught a glimpse of baby cham exit as I was maching by. Still a little ice bulge and a few rocks but shouldn’t take much to fill in choke.

    #630011
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    You Sierra and PNW guys sure do have some beautiful tree runs to hit. I was trying edumacate myself on how your snowpack sets up so I’m not completely in the dark if I ever make it over there, but I had a hard time interpreting the SAC sites write up on the recent accident. First off what’s a dry slab (soft slab?), second what did they determine that slid on (sun crust, facets, couldn’t find that on the report) and has that shit settled if so how long did it take to set-up. Just curious and not very familiar with how SAC does things. Thanks in advance, looking good out there.

    #630012
    dishwasher-dave
    460 Posts

    There are some great tree runs out here, but I wish we had more aspen runs.

    I believe the accident occurred within new storm snow just above the older snow. The snow profile shows the problematic layer being about 26cms down, with some graupel visible at that point. The advisory the morning of the accident also mentioned concerns with upside down issues in the storm snow (it started off cold and then warmed up a bit).

    Over the previous week we had received maybe four feet of snow and the day previous to the accident we received another foot. I don’t think there was a sun crust or pronounced facet layer that contributed to this slide. That was a NE slope which probably doesn’t get any sun this time of year. I haven’t read about or noticed any near surface faceting that occurred in the short break before Saturday’s storm.

    Positive vibes for the injured skier.

    #630013
    SanFrantastico
    1514 Posts

    Thanks for posting that, David!

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #630014
    SanFrantastico
    1514 Posts

    Hey UTAH,

    We have nothing like the resources you guys have for avy forcasting. Just two guys over a really big area and not so many observers. Luckily it’s usually a stable snowpack but of course not always. I observed graupel falling during the saturday storm, but prolly 20 miles from that accident. It seems like those types of things, maybe localized dangers that slip past the forecasters because the area is so big, are what catch us up. Last year for example we saw a little streak of accidents during a ‘moderate’ forcast because of a grauple layer in some places that wasn’t noticed until things started sliding. We can get lazy out here because things *usually* are bomber a day or two after a storm.

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #630000
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    I think the lesson learned (but not by the snowboarders mentioned in the right up) is to stay off slopes like that when there’s not a solid base.

    We were in the area the day before the new storm and all the non-treed faces looked SKETCHY. This is a photo by Buffy of the summit couloir on Mt. Stevens, which has the same aspect of the slide, but one ridgeline over. The slide was several hundred feet lower in elevation than the top of Steven’s but the slide area did get scoured, just like Steven’s. I bet that slide area on Red Lake looked like the photo before the 6-8″. Not a good surface to bond to. Whereas the protected trees near the Lake had a consolidated 5-8′ base for the snow to settle upon. It was a little slabby at the very top of Jakes and then huge fresh on top of set-up pow the whole way down.

    Hope the guy is healing well.

    #630015
    SanFrantastico
    1514 Posts

    I usually get complete and total skunkage about once a year. The year I got it out of the way early, and where else? Mt. Lassen, which accounts for prolly 1/2 of my best skunkings. The usual culprits, rain and wind plus this time a crystiline ice crust on top of the fluffiest powder.

    Looks like powder, but it most certainly is not.

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #630016
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    That’s never good.

    #630017
    dishwasher-dave
    460 Posts

    Sierra Avalanche Center benefit at the Divided Sky Friday evening (12/10). I think the flyer says it starts at 6pm, but things will probably get rolling a bit later. There will be some swag, some sno flicks, djs, and some SAC folks in attendance. Come down and mingle with the tribe and support our avalanche center.

    Next to the back parking lot on Flagpole Peak side of the building there will be some beacon practice, contest type stuff set up..so leave your boots on if you’d like.

    #630018
    silver
    167 Posts

    Any updates on Mammoth Area? I may have a chance to spend a few days in the area just before christmas and trying to figure out if it’s worth it at this point in the season.

    The alternative is heading up further north where I’ll be in easy striking distance to Tahoe.

    #630019
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    Epic rain crust on west shore today. Borderline sketchy. Good (bad) snow to test out my new Blazes and touring brackets.

    [vimeo:3fxtsae6]http://www.vimeo.com/17746116[/vimeo:3fxtsae6]

    #630020
    dishwasher-dave
    460 Posts

    Nice pics. That freezing morning fog sure is pretty and sure doesn’t help the snow quality.

    Thanks to folks who made it out to the Divided Sky on Friday. A $1000 even was raised for SAC. I know a splitter won a gopro and my pop won an Avalung pack with a shovel and probe inside. He’s not a skier anymore so he gave the pack to the lady next to him.

    #630021
    rughty
    620 Posts

    That’s awesome Dave. Good Karma coming your dads way. :thumpsup: I hope SAC continues to see support from us splitters and especially from all the newbies. They help keep us all safe out there!

    BG…Super rad west shore pics and cool viddy too. Kinda glad I missed out on that one 😉

    #630022
    Greenhorn
    43 Posts

    Anybody going out early tomorrow (Thursday)? Looking to get a lap in on Hidden Peak or somewhere on the West Shore.

    #630023
    Greenhorn
    43 Posts

    Scored some of my best turns of the year so far on Hidden Peak early this morning. Skinned under the stars for an hour before enjoying a nice Tahoe sunrise. The snow had that thick layer of surface hoar that makes that distinct rustling sound as you make turns. Not a breathe of wind at the top. And deep, deep turns for 3/4 of the way down or more. The very bottom has a thin layer of snow over ice crust and barely buried logs and rocks, making the exit a little bit of worrisome proposition if you are not on your rock board. Avoided core shots today though…

    Just before sunrise.

    skin track

    down track

    The new Mojo RX is treating me well so far this year.

    #630024
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    Nice Greenhorn. We should hook up sometime for some West Shore excursions. I was suppose to be out there today w/ some buddies, but took ill last night :nononno:

    #630025
    tiltedworld
    406 Posts

    Nice! I’ll have to join you two on some west shore days as soon as my board/bindings get here. Board should be here in early Jan and I am on the Karakoram wait list…

    #630026
    Greenhorn
    43 Posts

    Yeah BGnight, I’m down for some West Shore trips. PM me when your thinking of heading up here and I’d be glad to join. I saw a couple splitters heading up from the trailhead when I was on the way out. They may have been your buddies. I’m sure they scored some great snow as well. Looks like we won’t have to worry about any of the low elevation barely buried logs or rocks after this weekend. Tahoe and the East Side should be going off heading into the new year.

    #630027
    jimw
    1420 Posts

    SAC avy rating is EXTREME today. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them give that rating. Interesting snowpack with all this dumpage.

    http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/advisory

    #630028
    aksltxlt
    621 Posts

    Yesterday there was a foot of fresh out my front door, overnight it rained 6 inches and now its dumping large flufy flakes :scratch:

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