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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:06 am 
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Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center Season Summary

Greetings:

What a year! Mother Nature was kind and gave us plenty of snow, about 140% of average. Snows came early and continued throughout. Skiing and snowmobiling were the best in years and the avalanche danger was the worst.

Our 24th season started when skiers triggered an avalanche on October 14th after late September snows made early turns possible. We issued periodic information bulletins as storms came and went through October and November and began our daily avalanche advisories December 6th. This season we issued 134 advisories and five separate avalanche warnings spanning 12 days, a record. Unfortunately, there were two snowmobile avalanche fatalities on two of those warning days. Eighty avalanche incidents were reported this season resulting in 23 folks caught with five partial burials, five full burials and four injuries.

The mission of the GNFAC is the same as the US Forest Service’s first priority for the national Recreation program: public safety. We achieve this through avalanche advisories, field days, education and outreach. Avalanche education continues to grow in the community, both in the number of classes offered and number of attendees. Luckily we have a professional cadre of instructors working with the Friends of the Avalanche Center who taught 70% of the avalanche classes this winter.

The numbers tell a compelling story. The amount of people using our service continues to increase as does the demand for more data, information and education. Our website, www.mtavalanche.com, is refreshed every year and is a portal for avalanche products: advisories, accident reports, articles, videos, photos, snowpits, and weather stations to name just a few. The following index quantifies some of the work we’ve done this season.

THE GNFAC INDEX

Number of people who get our daily avalanche advisory: 4,715
Total number of avalanche classes and attendees: 91 and 4,268
Number of snowmobiler classes and attendees: 30 and 978
Number of people who took an avalanche class in the last five years: 21,781
Number of YouTube Videos and views this season: 62 and 96,417
Number of videos and views since we posted our first in 2006: 336 and 936,679
Number of avalanche incidents: 80
Number of incidents last winter: 27
Area with the most incidents as expressed as a percent: Cooke City, 34%
Minimum number of times Eric locked himself out of the office: 3
Number of field days: 103
Number of day’s volunteers helped us and its work equivalent: 74 and one half-time position.
State that leads the nation in snowmobile avalanche fatalities measured over 10 years: Montana
Montana’s national rank of all avalanche fatalities in last 10 years: 2nd
State that is first: Colorado
Days when the danger was either HIGH or LOW in some part of our advisory area: 27 and 11
Last season: 10 and 55
Number of Facebook “Likes” and Twitter followers: 3,243 and 1,415
Name of forecaster responsible for ripping the lugs off the Yamaha Nytro track: Mark
Daily average of pageviews to our website and advisory: 4,038 and 978
Percent of people accessing our website via desktop, mobile and tablet: 56%, 35% and 9%
Minimum number of times Doug wrote in the advisory it would snow and it did not: 3
Number of times he said it would not snow, but it did: who cares, it snowed.
Number of weather stations the GNFAC and Friends of the Avalanche Center maintain: 4
Articles that the GNFAC wrote for outside publications: 12
Number of times the GNFAC was contacted by the media for an interview: 60
Mark, Eric and I would not be able to run the Avalanche Center without partnerships and collaborative relationships between the US Forest Service, Friends of the Avalanche Center, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks and volunteer and local business support. This season about 45% of our funding came from sources outside the USFS. Key supporters include Cooke City Motorsports, Bridger Bowl, Montana Ale Works, Montana Import Group, Grizzly Outfitters, Mystery Ranch, Yellowstone Club Community Foundation and Gallatin County Search and Rescue. We are indebted to the local recreation community and businesses for supporting us through the Friends of the Avalanche Center.

Thank you for a great season. We will be back next October, but until then, have a safe and enjoyable spring and summer.

All the best,

Doug Chabot

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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:56 pm 
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The Great One is fat right now. Image


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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:21 pm 
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Today on Shell (Livingston) looking southwest towards Black.
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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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lookin good all around, gents (except for certain areas in the snowpack, that is..)

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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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boppingshoe wrote:
Today on Shell (Livingston) looking southwest towards Black.


How'd you access? Via Mission Creek?


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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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It's really embarrassing, regarding how I got to Shell.... I was actually trying to get to Elephanthead that day :oops: . It's combination of bad sense of direction, unfamiliar with the area, and some dumb luck (or maybe just dumb), that I ended up on Shell. Anyway, I apparently trespassed someone's property, but didn't realized until on the way out. But the guy was nice and thought it was funny that I gaped all the way to Shell. So I don't think I'd recommend going the way I went (but it's possible to get permission from the guy again though).

After I got home, I looked on the map and saw that there's a summer trail accessing the southeast side of the ridge via Little Mission Creek. Perhaps that's the way to go?


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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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I wouldn't know, always looked appealing to me but have yet to check it out.


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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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Location: the jungle
mmmmission creek mission..

on a related note, this is a shot i got while trespassing/skinning up bbowl last week, just outside of bridger pines..
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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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Redeemed. Elephanthead. Found it.
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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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A little somethin to keep the stoke alive. Image

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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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No idea why I can't embed these...too lazy to figure it out. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregdoctorphotography/


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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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Killer Flickr album Greg. Too bad you're not on Facebook... uploading is way easier from there :lol: .

Enjoyed yet another weekend in da 'tooths schralping in fantastic conditions with a wonderful group of people. Even managed to bring a snowboarder with this time. Nomad somewhere in the middle of our 4000' run of choice:

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Never a bad day with high pressure like this:
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All smiles (now that she's going downhill :bananas: )
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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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Thanks Nick. I've got a facebook floating around somewhere but it's been disabled for a while. I'll find the time/motivation to resize some shots in the future...I think the ones on Flickr are too big.

Glad everyone is enjoying the spring pack. Anyone take the time to dig to the ground at elevation recently? Wondering how the sleeping dragons look now. We didn't dig deep on Fan but they were definitely on our minds.

On a related note of cool things going on, some folks skied a new line from the summit of Beehive pk last week. Skied the obvious line from the summit down the the S face that ends in a rappel. Would love to see pictures if anyone knows where to find them.


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