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    Avalanche Fatility in Northern Utah.

    http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14259874

    Please be careful. There is a very delicate snowpack out there, we don't need more of this. I was hoping not to be the one to start this thread. Anyone have anymore information on this sad tragedy?

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    vibes+++ crumby way to end a great weekend, saw a few small slides near the road up Logan canyon today, watch out!

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    Skiing Hell's Canyon today? Sad but fucking stupid. No one has any business being in there right now.

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    Was thinking we would here of something like this all day today. Sad.

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    I was on No Name when it went down. Crazy day. Started at the base of LCC to do some shooting. Got turned around by those slides and headed up to hit 'basin. We're shooting a cliff on No Name when all of sudden there's a chopper and numerous patrollers coming through telling us the area is now closed.

    I have no idea what people were thinking hitting Hells. Someone dies in there every other year. Super steep and deep. Needed way more time. I guess there were several different groups that needed rescue.

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    42yo male from what I understand. Positive vibes to all those affected

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    From the Utah Avalanche Center:



    Accident & Rescue Summary:

    Preliminary report of fatality in the Snowbasin backcountry, second hand from the Snowbasin Ski Patrol

    The accident occurred in an out-of-bounds area north of Snowbasin Ski Area known as Hell's Canyon. A 40-year-old, local skier with a season pass was killed in an avalanche accident. It's unclear exactly how it occurred because he was skiing alone and was found by another party skiing in the area. Numerous avalanches had occurred in the area, so it was not even clear which avalanche he triggered. He was found on the snow surface, face down and appeared to have been killed by trauma.

    He rode the lift at Snowbasin and headed towards No-Name with a friend, which is an open area within the ski area boundary. His friend said that they became separated right away and he did not know where he went. One of the ski patrol speculated that he may not have intended to go out of bounds but somehow ended up there, for whatever reason. He knew the area, as he was a local and used to work at Snowbasin years ago. He was not wearing a beacon, nor have any other rescue gear. It's unknown if he had consulted the backcountry avalanche advisory by the Utah Avalanche Center. There was an avalanche warning in effect for all the mountains in Utah and the avalanche danger was rated as High with pockets of Extreme.

    The party that found him similarly did not have beacons or any other avalanche rescue gear. They called 911 and began CPR. Life Flight responded and picked up personnel from the Snowbasin Ski Patrol and flew in to look at the area. The party on the ground called and reported that they were discontinuing CPR because they did not get a response, so Life Flight decided that it was not worth the risk to try to land in the area or do a hoist evacuation. The Snowbasin Ski Patrol then organized a rescue and went in from the bottom and brought the victim out .

    The rescue was compounded by another party that had gone into Coldwater Canyon, another out-of-bounds area north of Snowbasin, and had become lost and had triggered several avalanches. They called for help and Life Flight returned and brought them out using their hoist.

    There were several recent avalanches in the Hell's Canyon area, and it was impossible to know which of the several avalanches the victim triggered. All the avalanches were 3-5 feet deep, breaking on the very weak faceted snow near the ground.

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    skied a line just below the fatality 20min prior. stomped all over a cornice and no movement whatsoever, although we triggered a small sluffalanche. heard it was some yahoos that died, but fuck, kinda sketchy, happy to be alive! sick day up there but what a shitty buzz-kill.

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    Today's Ogden area forecast:

    The avalanche danger is HIGH on slopes of about 30 degrees or steeper, with pockets of EXTREME danger on and below steep, upper elevation, wind drifted slopes. Both human triggered and natural avalanches are certain in steep terrain today. Avoid travel in all avalanche terrain. Natural avalanches have been occurring and slides are being triggered remotely from a distance, so also avoid travel below and adjacent to steep slopes.

    Regarding yesterday:

    The Ogden area mountains had several human triggered slides reported on slopes less steep than 35 degrees, including west, east and southeast aspects. Collapses were frequent, and road banks easily triggered. A large slide was released to the ground in Hells Canyon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by telestoner View Post
    skied a line just below the fatality 20min prior. stomped all over a cornice and no movement whatsoever, although we triggered a small sluffalanche. heard it was some yahoos that died, but fuck, kinda sketchy, happy to be alive! sick day up there but what a shitty buzz-kill.
    Classic.

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    Don't sign the guest book kids. Have your gear you need it. Vibes to friends and and family. utahavalanchecenter.org. What the f@$k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by telestoner View Post
    skied a line just below the fatality 20min prior. stomped all over a cornice and no movement whatsoever, although we triggered a small sluffalanche. heard it was some yahoos that died, but fuck, kinda sketchy, happy to be alive! sick day up there but what a shitty buzz-kill.
    wow you sound like a fucking idiot.
    whatever the reason a sad error took some ones life.
    yes please! to the the top!

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    I don't think the guy who died meant to go out of bounds. The mountain rolls off in several aspects within tres at the upper part of No Name and it is quite easy to end up out of bounds there. When I first started skiing the Basin I ended up in Hells a couple of times by accident. It is not an obvious thing really when it falls away. You are just having a good time in some tree shots. If you hang just a little left, you are all of a sudden out of bounds, sometimes not even realizing it until you're halfway down. No out of bounds rope either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by telestoner View Post
    skied a line just below the fatality 20min prior. stomped all over a cornice and no movement whatsoever, although we triggered a small sluffalanche. heard it was some yahoos that died, but fuck, kinda sketchy, happy to be alive! sick day up there but what a shitty buzz-kill.
    What a fucking piece a shit you are.

    Better not leave your fucking fairy teleboards unattended.

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    No ropes, but obvious boundary signs posted all along the ridge, as well as avalanche forecast posted at the bottom of the tram & at the top. This is not the first time someone has paid the ultimate price in that area. It is a gamble to ski there anytime, but this season has been especially sketchy so far. It may be possible that the victim stumbled accross the boundary by chance, & the outcome is more than sad.

    The reason I started this thread was to hopefully raise awareness of the potential cost of powder fever. The allure of those fresh tracks in steep terrain is often hard to resist, especially when it is so easy to access at many ski areas. I would hate to see the freedom of "open boundaries" rescinded, but if people don't arm themselves with readily available information & then make good decisions, my fear is those freedoms will be taken away.

    What is the answer? How do we educate the general skiing/riding public that it is a different world beyond the boundaries, when the media galmorizes the whole "out of bounds" scene?

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    Quote Originally Posted by telestoner View Post
    skied a line just below the fatality 20min prior. stomped all over a cornice and no movement whatsoever, although we triggered a small sluffalanche. heard it was some yahoos that died, but fuck, kinda sketchy, happy to be alive! sick day up there but what a shitty buzz-kill.
    I didn't see this post!

    What if your kid, wife, girlfriend or dog were below you when you stomped on that cornice, & it actually started a slide? Do you even think of the possible consequences of your actions?

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    fuck you go back to nebraska you fucktard gaper jong

    and fuck your mother too, right in those fat ass cheeks

    dont you think we might have looked to see if there was anyone below us?

    dont you think we would have skied somewhere else if there was the slightest little shudder in the snowpark?

    go jerk off to some porn in the cornfields you fucking stoned-out internet pussies. oh,, yeah, if i missed a fucking apostrophe somewhere go fuck youself i don't want to hear about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by telestoner View Post
    fuck you go back to nebraska you fucktard gaper jong

    and fuck your mother too, right in those fat ass cheeks

    dont you think we might have looked to see if there was anyone below us?

    dont you think we would have skied somewhere else if there was the slightest little shudder in the snowpark?

    go jerk off to some porn in the cornfields you fucking stoned-out internet pussies. oh,, yeah, if i missed a fucking apostrophe somewhere go fuck youself i don't want to hear about it.
    So you skied the same slope, but it was safe twenty minutes before it slid? Damn, you are good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by telestoner View Post
    fuck you go back to nebraska you fucktard gaper jong

    and fuck your mother too, right in those fat ass cheeks

    dont you think we might have looked to see if there was anyone below us?

    dont you think we would have skied somewhere else if there was the slightest little shudder in the snowpark?

    go jerk off to some porn in the cornfields you fucking stoned-out internet pussies. oh,, yeah, if i missed a fucking apostrophe somewhere go fuck youself i don't want to hear about it.
    Roid rage? Or are you just that stupid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by telestoner View Post
    dont you think we would have skied somewhere else if there was the slightest little shudder in the snowpark?.
    The snowpark would be a great place for you to stay.

    Never been to Nebraska.

    Someone died today, doing something they probably loved, it sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UTaho' View Post
    I didn't see this post!

    What if your kid, wife, girlfriend or dog were below you when you stomped on that cornice, & it actually started a slide? Do you even think of the possible consequences of your actions?
    I 2nd this! tell the tail, what made yuk go there, Or are you just yanking our chain? Busy week for search a rescue, Training and all. real poor base layer Wonder y . And ya i have seen the signs
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    shall forfeit all rights, privileges, and licenses herein
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    punitor delicatum!" It's all there, black and white, clear
    as crystal! You stole Fizzy Lifting Drinks. You bumped
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    so you get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!

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    Quote Originally Posted by truth View Post
    Skiing Hell's Canyon today? Sad but fucking stupid. No one has any business being in there right now.
    I said the same exact thing, not even sure that no name was open- duck the rope after 3 feet of blower on ice. No business being in hells this weekend.

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    Tragic...

    So sorry to hear about this, a tragic outcome no matter the details, which we may never really know. Positive vibes the friends and family and hats off to Lifeflight and SSP for sticking their necks out during rescue. Obviously much more than just a buzzkill to many...

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    you know what, maybe the 'roids were in effect, and my broh-brahs were antsy because the superpipe didn't open, and maybe the huge fucking liftlines and the stress of tracking out that vast acrage got to me. in retrospect i wish i spent the day going to church and then trying to cyberstalk pre-teens like you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEEZ View Post
    I said the same exact thing, not even sure that no name was open- duck the rope after 3 feet of blower on ice. No business being in hells this weekend.
    No name was open both today and yesterday afternoon actually. But I'm struggling to accept that anyone ended up in Hells by accident, and certainly not Coldwater. The boundary is well marked and the top traverse includes the Are you Beeping sign.

    Regardless, it doesn't matter, it's a terrible tragedy.

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