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 Post subject: State with the best snowpack?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:19 pm 
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I'm not asking what state has the best powder... That's trolling...

I'm asking what state is the most stable. (And Kansas doesn't count)

Alaska is great in the spring... But I don't know much besides what's
there and here in Colorado.


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 Post subject: Re: State with the best snowpack?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:03 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: State with the best snowpack?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:38 pm 
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Oregon pretty stable, but really depends, wind loading, slope..ect...

test....before you rest forever

Everyone be safe out there lots a snow all over the :rock:

PWN is going off


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 Post subject: Re: State with the best snowpack?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:20 pm 
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OK, since no one else will I'll throw you a bone and give you a quick edjumacation. Stability is all relative. If you are asking which state "generally" has the most stable snowpack, most people will answer CA. Likewise, CO notoriously has the least stable snowpack. "In general", the more snow you have with temperatures near freezing, the more stability. Less snow, very cold temps = instability. That said, there are times when CA has extremely high avy danger, and due to the large amounts of snow, these avys can be huge. Fortunately for us, these periods are typically short-lived, and it's not uncommon to ride burly terrain a day or two after a dump of several feet that you wouldn't even consider in other places. But our snow is all Sierra Cement and not worthy by the standards of the high-and-dry Coloradans.

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 Post subject: Re: State with the best snowpack?
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Despite very windy recent storms, the central Wasatch snowpack is right side up and fluffy this season... :thumpsup:
The downside is the central Wasatch are very accessible, and not that large of a range... :(

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 Post subject: Re: State with the best snowpack?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:04 am 
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Sounds like I should do a west coast trip then. I don't want to have to wait till spring to get on some good lines here in Colorado. I have lot's of experience here in Colorado, and the general rule in steep bc is if you can't get it to slide before you drop in, then you don't drop in.


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 Post subject: Re: State with the best snowpack?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:16 pm 
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Location: mountains of portland, oregon
maritime snowpacks are generally more stable than continental. im gonna say california.

cascades just get too much heavy snow to call it safe. the smallest wet avalanche could cement you in upside down and kill you dead.

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