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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:02 pm 
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Did a big tour to a new (to me) zone in James Peak Wilderness yesterday, and am happy to report there is finally some good pow to be had up there. I got mine at treeline on a N/NE aspect. It's still sucks skinning up through the trees, and is more like wading in deep snow due to the extensive faceting. Stability seemed to be improving from precarious, only had some minor fractures in 2-4 feet radius of my track, however I did see a new avy R1D2 NHS in the new snow on the SE aspect of Frosty around 11,500 feet.

I expect a lot of terrain to be skiing very well after this weekends storm cycle, but who nows what kind of avy cycle it might bring with it.

(EDIT, not sure why the IMG isn't working, so direct links are added.)
New snow! http://flic.kr/p/beYpUz
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Avy on Frosty. http://flic.kr/p/beYpW4
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Fun turns. http://flic.kr/p/beYpXZ
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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:17 pm 
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Was up yesterday at BP and the winds were scouring everything didn't look as good as rky mtn srfr's day but things are starting to fill in. Still a lot of crappy layers out there. Sunny exposures still have crust and coverage at lower elevations is touch and go.

50-100 mph winds never help our cause. :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:41 pm 
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Yeah, F'ing wind, most everything above treeline will get hammered these next two days. I've already got my powder plan in place for Friday, and it involves staying below treeline.


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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:19 am 
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From CAIC:

There were four avalanche fatalities across Colorado between January 18th and January 22nd. This speaks volumes about the snowpack in our state. This is not a time to test riding skills in big terrain. Even small terrain in unusual areas is subject to question. We've gotten good observations recently, still lots of collapse, remote triggered avalanches, and a "Very present strong-over-weak layer" snowpack. Not something to trust.

Please be safe and smart out there people.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:36 am 
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This is what our snowpack looks down south right now. Not very inspiring.



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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:42 am 
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Check out this propagation.

http://avalanche.state.co.us/obs/obs_report.php?obs_id=11486

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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:29 pm 
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:shock: Holy fucker. Irenes and Niagra go from that low, thats crazy. And terrifying. I wonder if taking a pee by battleship will send that thing off.


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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:45 am 
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Probably not the wisest choice these days....



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7QFRXc0R8M

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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:52 am 
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HikeforTurns wrote:
Probably not the wisest choice these days....
Totally, I'd be miles from that if it was anything like the San Juan snowpack.

This has easily been the most challenging year I have had in the backcountry in my short time in Colorado. I saw about 5 slides yesterday in terrain normally considered "safe" including tree'd terrain with many anchors. Chose to ride very dense trees and low angle terrain, ended up hitting a tree, but I'll take that at a time like now over the other scenario.

To hear of the avalanche fatality in Utah of Alecs goes to show turn it down 10 notches and stay safe everyone.


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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
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Was that recent? Snake River Idaho? You guys take care.


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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
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Hey you ColoRADBRO guys too cool, figured it out via my yahoo account. Colorado and recent. The "take care out there" still stands......


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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
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We got a shit ton of snow here on the Front Range, and it's still coming down. The trees skied very nicely today, best powder turns of the season. Tomorrow should be even better, better get after it!


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 Post subject: Re: 2011-2012 Colorado Conditions
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:40 am 
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Berthoud was freaking great yesterday! A little windy, but the snow was wind loaded and deep! Got a few over the head shots and didn't experience any real instabilities, other that some collapsing at lower elevations early in the AM. Stay safe out there, the CAIC report is still considerable for almost all aspects.

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