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 Post subject: Turning to Sketch
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:56 am 
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Hate to be a buzzzzz killer. Looks like we are taking on a continental snowpack this season. We have temp gradients taking place, mad faceting, wide spread surface hoar. The next few big dumps could really keep us on our toes. It sounds like our brothers north of us are fairing much better in MT.

Hopefully our pack will change, but these events and conditions that are taking place are going to be major issues to watch out for months to come. :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Turning to Sketch
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:06 am 
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Wyomingsplit_ride wrote:
...sounds like our brothers north of us are fairing much better in MT.:


You've got that right. Check this excerpt I just pulled from the most recent avy bulletin:

The snowpack in the northern Gallatin and Bridger Ranges remain strong... Stability tests and general observations from these ranges continue to indicate a stable snowpack. The mountains around Bozeman are getting hit hard by skiers and ice climbers since our early season conditions are the best in years.

Hopefully there will be some quality temps to stabilize Togwotee and the Tetons for our friends in Lander and Jackson.

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 Post subject: Re: Turning to Sketch
PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:17 am 
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Thanks Sam...went out yesterday with -25 wind chill (-10 without wind), and I must say...I might have been better off staying home. Snow was sooooo cold it was grippy. No new, and super cold making skins damn near impossible to keep on the boards. We need a lot of fresh to flush the trash.

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 Post subject: Re: Turning to Sketch
PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:21 pm 
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Well we are finally getting some snow here in the Tetons. Sure glad those negative temps are over.

We've had junk on the ground in the past. Those seasons have been great learning experiences. So, I'm pretty optimistic for this season. I do love steep trees! Fingers are crossed, hopes are high and good thoughts are on the breeze.


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 Post subject: Re: Turning to Sketch
PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:21 pm 
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Our well-wishes go out to you guys down WY way.

I encountered 6" of slab atop a couple feet of one and two finger bomber to the ground this morning. The slabby top made for crappy turns but the stability felt good.

I should stop talking about Bozeman conditions in the WY forum though ; )

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 Post subject: Re: Turning to Sketch
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:55 pm 
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We have as much as 60cm. of faceted snow on the ground with a 6cm crust on top of that with 10cm of pow (and surface hoar) on top of that. I've gotten at least 2 good "WHOOOMPH's" a day this week. Always good to get the heart pumping. :shock: :D

It is slowly starting to consolidate below 9,000ft. I'm feeling optimistic that it will turn around in a month or so. Until then it's all about trying to get out everyday and build fitness.

Turns have been fun and fast! :thumpsup:


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