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 Post subject: SCRUBFESTers FYI******
PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:25 am 
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As most of you know our snowpack is very unstable and volatile this season.
This is from this mornings avy report from Bridger Teton Natl. Forest
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Yesterday a deep hard slab avalanche was triggered on approach on a steep east aspect of Angle Mountain west of Togwotee Pass. This dangerous slab avalanche failed on a buried weak layer of faceted snow and a November rain crust.

Doesn't look like the snowpack is going to remedy itself anytime soon. Remember this when you get here. :thumpsup: :headbang:


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 Post subject: Re: SCRUBFESTers FYI******
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:29 am 
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Check out RandoSteve's post on www.tetonat.com this morning.
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 Post subject: Re: SCRUBFESTers FYI******
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:24 pm 
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Tonight's report
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In the Continental Divide/Togwotee Pass area weak, faceted snow at the base of the snowpack has been the cause of several dangerous, hard slab avalanches on Angle Mountain that have been triggered remotely by skiers and snowboarders. Other steep areas in that region have similar conditions and the new snow will make triggering deep slides by riders likely.


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 Post subject: Re: SCRUBFESTers FYI******
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:56 pm 
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Thanks, s.t. I was caught in a slide off angle mountain in similar conditions and I won't go in there if it's dangerous. What's the prospect of the snowpack improving this season? What would it take and how likely is that to happen? Any thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: SCRUBFESTers FYI******
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:11 am 
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If we go through a good melt/freeze cycle then there's a chance of these layers being remedied. That has happened in years past. We have had a January thaw.

Doesn't look like that is going to happen in the near future. At least this week.

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst at this point.If your not familiar with a Continental Snowpack brush up on terrain selection, watch the wind, stay sharp, etc...

Snow quality has been amazing! We rode powder yesterday that was insanely fast. Felt like we were levitating. Magic carpet ride. :D

I have been avoiding getting any substantial air, afraid of what might break loose on landing. :roll: But, I'm a bigun.


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 Post subject: Re: SCRUBFESTers FYI****** not getting any prettier
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:17 am 
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Frustration levels a rising :(
Another big slide in the Park
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 Post subject: Re: SCRUBFESTers FYI******
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:53 pm 
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Chris,
Thanks for pointing this out to the people showing up. It is a concern and we will be playing it safe over ScrubFest weekend. I keep seeing these E. Angle reports. E. Angle has a much more continental snowpack than the rest of Togwotee Pass due to its lower elevation and shallower pack. Just rode there not too long ago and we decided to stick to the trees. The day before that my partners kicked off a few slides in that area in the bowl, etc. No one caught or hurt.

There are PLENTY of "safer" lines to ride between Togwotee and the Tetons. We have been going out during "high" danger, but sticking to a much safer protocol and terrain. I am glad that we have a smaller group coming in for the Fest this year. Looks like we will not have any more than five to a group.

More than likely, we will not be heading into the fantastic couloirs of French Spy Bowl unless things calm down a lot, but this doesn't mean we will not ride some fun terrain.

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 Post subject: Re: SCRUBFESTers FYI******
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:35 am 
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Nothing wrong with some good cameraderie and gentle touring.

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 Post subject: Re: SCRUBFESTers FYI******
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:08 pm 
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You know, in a month it could easily be the most bomber base and sweetest pow of the season :thumpsup: . My first winter here started out pretty funky. We went through the "January thaw", it started snowing on Feb. 13th., snowed between 27" and 38" a day for 6 days and snowed consistently every few days until the end of May.

The only thing consistent about the weather in these parts is the inconsistency :)
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