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  • #777552
    summersgone
    815 Posts

    Did some light checking on the internet, but wondering, who’s having the best winter in North America out there? My guess is Jackson, but unsure. I know Japan is really winning by far and away, but keeping it to North America, who’s having a good season?

    1) Location – What mountain range’s do you tour in?
    2) Snow depth – Whats your typical depths looking like?
    3) Avalanche Danger – Are you dealing with bad conditions, and what is the main issue?

    I’ll start:
    1) Location – Silverton, CO predominantly, but the Northern and sometimes Southern San Juans.
    2) Depths – Red Mountain Pass is sitting at 37″, 95% of average. Molas Pass and south is at about 30″, or 75% of snowpack average. Wolf Creek in the southern zone is at 30″, and 50% total, and having a tough year. With loading you can find 4-6′ of snow on N to E faces. <12″ forecast for early next week, but not too much other than that.
    3) Avalanches – Started OK, and its starting to get bad, probably going to get worse. We just unfortunately had our first fatal accident on Tuesday, very sad. We are dealing with a pretty bad persistent slab layer now, currently around 1-3 feet down depending on loading, and while our forecast says “Moderate” it is a real scary moderate. We’ll be dealing with the problem for a while and the next 5 feet of snow will be pretty touch and go and probably pretty scary.

    I don’t think we are winning BTW.

    #777603
    powslash
    382 Posts

    The Mt. Baker Volcano Research Lab is winning with this simulated “eruption” from yesterday.

    #777659
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    Utah’s doing pretty well (central wasatch) Alta reports a 60″ base. We’ve had some epic days I think one storm came in @ 4.5% density, you can choke on that stuff. Personally I prefer the more dense storms which we’ve had plenty of as well. The southern Wasatch is not as deep and still needs to fill in and Park City well……….you would really only want to go there to play golf or mtn bike not shred. January tends to be a dry month for us, it’s not uncommon to be shredding a variation of corn in January by following the sun.

    Avy dangers been pretty manageable. I don’t feel the need to push things this early in the season. We’ve had some pretty good cycles in Nov and some guys almost got tagged over the Christmas break skiing a steep Nfacing shot but aside from that I think we’ll need a big load to really get an idea of where we stand. I was digging lots of pits early on in the season but once I have to start digging more than 4ft down I’m over it.

    Nice thread I was wondering why things have slowed down on this site so much. Before Jeremy Jones and the popularity of splitboarding there used to be so much stoke shared on this site. Not sure where it went, hoping it’s got something to do with the shitty conditions and limited snow around the world. Or maybe it’s facebook, still holding out on the facebook, twitter, tweeter thing. Thinking instagram might be cool to get into once I get a high tech phone.
    Take care.

    #777668
    Taylor
    792 Posts

    We’re not winning, but we’re not losing either.

    Here’s a breakdown for the Sawatch:

    1) Location – Mostly around Monarch Pass, but will soon be exploring further norther in the Sawatch also.

    2) Depths – Snow measurement stations report mid-30″s in the mid-10K elevations. There is deeper snow higher at and below treeline (out of wind-scour). Monarch Ski Area, just lee of the continental divide, reports 47″ and 121″ on the year. SWE ranges from 117 – 178% of normal, south to north.

    So far this year’s pattern is much like last year’s: Many storms have entered CO from the west and northwest, sliding over the persistent blocking high on the west coast. These westerly and northwesterly flows favor central and northern mountains and sometimes the northern San Juans. I have been surprised at Monarch Pass’ orographic capacity in west and northwest flows. It’s a powder making marvel. If El Nino ever does engage, it will be interesting to see how the eastern Sawatch fare amidst SSE flows on the northern side of cutoff lows to our south. These too could be good snow generators.

    3) Avalanches – With a snowpack sitting atop old, shade-protected October snow, we have persistent deep slab hazard on NW -> N -> E aspects. This has been compounded by episodes of wind slab risk. More recently, with this week’s warm up, we’ve had loose wet on sunnier aspects. For real data consult reports on CAIC. As Summersgone suspects for the San Juans, I expect our deep slab will persist and worsen as more snow piles up. I’ve been avoiding avalanche terrain, or terrain connected to it. There has been plenty of good pow shredding to be had without rolling the dice.

    Here’s a map of current snow depth in the lower 48:

    And a closer look at the central Rockies:

    My money’s on the Tetons winning. Except the shredding is just fine here. I’m not going anywhere.

    Shred on, be safe!

    @sun_rocket

    #777688
    davidr
    102 Posts

    I was at JHMR Tuesday, check out this slide on the cat:

    Great in-bounds conditions, didn’t do any backcountry. My first time there.

    Stuff got baked in the afternoon, anything not remotely shaded or north-ish facing got mashed potatoed.

    Crested Butte area has had some warm cycles. Though again, only in-bounds riding for me recently. Some fun steeps are open and the mountain has been riding well. I might head to the northern Wasatch next week, gas is so cheap!!

    #777689
    Taylor
    792 Posts

    I was wondering why things have slowed down on this site so much. Before Jeremy Jones and the popularity of splitboarding there used to be so much stoke shared on this site. Not sure where it went…

    Not knocking the new format at all, but the slowdown seemed to coincide with switch over. But that’s just my data-less observation.

    @sun_rocket

    #777852
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    @taylor – Those maps are awesome. I can’t find them on the NOAA site (at least for parts of the country I’m interested in, and contiguous states as a whole)
    Could you please post links?

    Be sure to bookmark Splitboard.com's Recent Activity page...
    http://splitboard.com/activity-2/

    #777943
    powslash
    382 Posts

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>UTAH wrote:</div>
    I was wondering why things have slowed down on this site so much. Before Jeremy Jones and the popularity of splitboarding there used to be so much stoke shared on this site. Not sure where it went…

    Not knocking the new format at all, but the slowdown seemed to coincide with switch over. But that’s just my data-less observation.

    I’m seeing it in a few places. Slow season probably. Some of the mega poster dudes are awol. Forum burnout I think. It’s easier to consume than it is to create. Real life vs. virtual etc. Folks move on. I take summers off from forums and it can be jarring (and enjoyable) coming back to the net after time away. Priorities etc.

    Speaking of mega posters, here’s a mystery… Mumbles has been awol for several years and yet his avatar has been updated?

    North Cascades: decent. Not as good as usual obviously but I like these weird seasons because I can drive to places that are impossible to get to in normal years.

    #778011
    fustercluck
    668 Posts

    The Sierra….well, we’re winning about as much as the NY Jets. We might pull out a W here and there, but overall not so good. Offense is only putting up about 36″ on the upper elevations, can barely kick a field goal down low, and a strong defense = no avalanches. At our current pace we’ll be blowing our top ten draft pick on a second string cornerback, but a strong second half of the season and maybe we could still squeak into the playoffs with a sub .500 record like Carolina did.

    #778050
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    for the Sierra- its like Swanny has been saying

    PRAY FOR AN AVERAGE YEAR

    but, it is still early here. I will wait till March to rate the season

    #778070
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>UTAH wrote:</div>
    I was wondering why things have slowed down on this site so much. Before Jeremy Jones and the popularity of splitboarding there used to be so much stoke shared on this site. Not sure where it went…

    Not knocking the new format at all, but the slowdown seemed to coincide with switch over. But that’s just my data-less observation.

    It took me a while to reset my password so that could be a contributing factor. I think the social media is a bigger issue though. One of the climbing sites that I frequent hardly sees any activity any more. If I want to know about local conditions I check in on the Washington Splitboarders group on FB instead of here.

    To stay on topic, I was up near my home ski area in WA over the weekend and I’d say we are not winning. We were digging 180cm pits to the ground in most places and only so deep because we were looking for drifts to dig in. It was challenging to find a place to practice deep burial probing and digging. I like the optimism that roads are still open higher than usual but that’s a small consolation prize this year.

    #778086
    powslash
    382 Posts

    ^ah. Damn you Facebook.

    #778225
    caribou
    3 Posts

    losing here in the south French Alps, c’est une catastrophe! Not a big snow fall since mid November asside from about 20cm of wind scoured fresh about 2 weeks ago. Old timers round here say the snow isn’t comming till the next moon cycle beginning the 17th, the long term forcast would seem to agree, so for now fingers crossed

    #778250
    friday
    4 Posts
    #778387
    _ZakMills
    72 Posts

    Winning in the Eastern Sierra! Kinda kidding but kinda serious as well, low snow has made access to many areas a breeze and the wind has worked in our favor this year. We have much less snow than last year but the bottom line is there are more places to make turns than there were last year at this time. A couple weeks ago I found a 90 cm deep snowpack out at the mammoth crest in the most wind loaded area possible. Much lower than that in most places. Avy danger is low to none as most of the lines we can ride are pretty much frozen solid with a small amount of wind deposited snow on top. I’m trying to go to Jackson in a few days so hopefully there’s some snow in the forecast when I return, as was the case last year.

    #778388
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    You must be talking about a different Sierra than the one I have been driving by on the way to Tahoe. Adding 3 hours each way to an already 7 hour drive.
    Winning? Really?
    Was at Virginia lakes after the last storm and came away with road rash. First time I ever had scabs from rocks on my body due to low tide.

    Winning?

    #778439
    karkis
    270 Posts

    we're average
    we’re average
    =
    we’re winning!
    yay!!

    never summer snowboards
    phantom splitboard bindings
    dynafit touring
    atomic boots

    #778476
    fustercluck
    668 Posts

    Damn you Canucks and your stupid immigration rules keeping us Americans from invading your pow stashes!

    #779782
    whistlermaverick
    312 Posts

    We are losing in the Coast Mtns. Very low snowpack below treeline for access. Several rain/isothermic events right throughout the alpine .Bulletproof from the valley to the Peaks with not a whif of fresh snow around.

    @j.memay

    #779806
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Still No snow in the Sierra. But ,the surf has been on fire lately!

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