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  1. #451
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    was glad to see you in one piece Gunder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunder View Post
    I feel like I was hit by a truck, tossed in a washing machine then punched in the face by Mike Tyson. I am just grateful to be alive and to have escaped with relatively minor injuries.
    Thanks for sharing Grant, glad you that you are more or less OK.
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  3. #453
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    That ain't Gunder, too few misspellings.

    (glad you're ok)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wickstad View Post
    Mission skiing nice this am. Little scary. Variable. Some slabbiness but also some fairly decent powder. Groomers not too bad either. Pretty busy.


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    Heard someone got caught in a slide and partially buried in-bounds today. Said the crown was 50ft wide and 2-3 ft deep, he luckily able to get out just fine, but scary out there.

  5. #455
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    Yikes - gusting close to 50mph at the Summit of Mission!
    Kindness is a bridge between all people

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  6. #456
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stairmaster View Post
    Heard someone got caught in a slide and partially buried in-bounds today. Said the crown was 50ft wide and 2-3 ft deep, he luckily able to get out just fine, but scary out there.
    Ouch. I didn’t know there was a partial burial. It ran into the trees just east of no name. Looked like patrol was searching so I asked if there was a burial and the guy said they weren’t sure yet. I skied Lemolo twice which was fantastic and then the next ride up they were closing that side and no longer searching.

  7. #457
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    After a crusty and firm 4hr20min of golfing today, I decided to hang-up the stick and go get some work done. Coverage is great, surface conditions not so much... rock board(s) not necessary but sharp edges are. Good to get the hill open and the stoke going - we'll see how much survives this coming w
    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

  8. #458
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunder View Post
    The following is a combination of a repost of my Facebook / Instagram account of the accident, as well as a few thoughts I have added based upon the questions I have been asked the most. Please pardon the typo's. My typing is even worse than usual due to the amount of bruising I have.

    The avalanche conditions right now are EXTREMELY dangerous. So I chose to help patrol out with getting the ski area set up for opening the last few days. Two days ago on opening day, I was caught in a slide while helping them. Pro Patrol did Avalanche control in the morning and I was then helping them mark a few rocks / cliffs before they opened the Chute. I was standing on a big flat ledge and had just placed a cliff sign, when a slab broke behind me 4 feet to ground. I ended up airing over a portion of the cliff hit the knuckle with my skis then got washed over the rocks. (See pic bellow). I am extremely lucky that I ended up with only relatively minor injuries. A separated shoulder and a few avulsion fractures in my ankle. The good news is the doc thinks I will only be out for a couple of weeks, so I should be back skiing and shooting by New Years.

    The entire time it was happening all that I could think about was to do everything possible to avoid hitting my head on the rocks, so that I could go home and see my son Stian. I am defiantly going to be wearing a helmet for now on too.

    I feel like I was hit by a truck, tossed in a washing machine then punched in the face by Mike Tyson. I am just grateful to be alive and to have escaped with relatively minor injuries.

    The slope broke on a facet / hoarfrost layer we have at the bottom of our snow pack… something we very rarely see in the PNW. The area that slid on me had been controlled with explosives and numerous patrollers had already skied that exact area working to get the run open. Yet it still slid. This is a very difficult layer to predict and when it does release it will go to ground.

    The side country is going to take at long time to be safe unless we get a rain cycle. All of this new snow is only contributing to the load, and can even give a false sense of stability while a very dangerous combination of layers exist bellow.

    Mt. Baker has one of the best teams of employees, Pro Patrol / Avy control teams on the continent. Please have some patience for them as they are dealing with very challenging conditions while they are making the ski area safe for everyone. Please respect the areas they have closed. They are closed for a very good reason, and they will get everything open as soon as its safe.

    The split second decision to try and jump as much of it as possible is most likely what saved me from more injuries. I really wanted to get ahead of as much snow as possible so it wouldnt pile me into the mid cliff bench. That mostly worked and my right ankle took the majority of the impact.

    I just did an 8 day long CAA professional operations avalanche class. Where we had discussed how unpredictable basal facets are as well as how no one really understands exactly what the mechanics of these post control slides are. Big White had a very large one just a few years ago.

    The current thinking that the experts doing all of the research at the Canadian Avalanche Association is that sometimes with a basal facet situation explosives may just weaken the snow pack but not always trigger a slide when the layer is so deep. Then a relatively small trigger can set off the slide. Often several hours later. This just happened in Jackson-hole 2 weeks ago.

    The ski area had put numerous hand charges on that run and only got minimal results. That morning we had also been discussing how all of the new snow we received the day before followed by overnight cooling made the snow pack feel that it had tightened up but we all also felt that was just giving a false sense of security.

    The reports I got from yesterday (see bearded clams posts) is that they only opened the two lifts as the additional snow they received over night was just enough to make that layer very reactive.

    So I feel like I just was unlucky enough to have found an extra week spot when it slid. My best guess is that all of the rock in that area contributed to slightly larger/ weaker facets. That’s the biggest issue with avalanches. There is just so much spatial variability involved to make perfect predictions.

    In 20 years of skiing Baker full time and 38 years of skiing I have never seen conditions like this before in the PNW. This type of layer often takes months to heal and thats with perfect conditions. In reality the best case scenario for stabilizing the backcountry is a full on major rain event to the top and for the water to percolate into the facet layer. That would cause numerous climax slides and would help to wet and refreeze the facet layer. Other wise the facet layer can easily be reloaded by new snow unless a slide takes the slope to ground. This layer is most likely worse anywhere we have lots of rocks and steep roll overs in the terrain.... which if you haver ever spent time in the Baker area during the summer you know we have plenty of, especially on all of the best ski terrain.
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    We’re you then going to ski the chute? How low in there were you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickstad View Post
    We’re you then going to ski the chute? How low in there were you?
    I was on the skiers left. Just after the choke in the waterfall cliff section. My plan was to take the same route across the bench into the main chute the patrollers before me did. I was only in that spot to fix a cliff sign.

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    Tharrrrrrr she blows...



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    It seems too early in the thread to be getting excited about 2"...

    In other news, I suspect storm-related clean-up may keep some folks away from the slopes tomorrow...
    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

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    Quote Originally Posted by KQ View Post
    Yikes - gusting close to 50mph at the Summit of Mission!
    We call that light to moderate.

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    Snowing very hard on my drive over Stevens tonight

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    Pugetopolis is trying to give the Windy Hill a run for its money tonight...

    I say LET IT BLOW, LET IT BLOW, LET IT BLOW! I bet NWAC would agree...
    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

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    embrace the gape
    and believe

  17. #467
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    Flying solo at Stevens today. Skiing Wrens with gaper style. Ask for change.
    In constant pursuit of the perfect slarve...

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    I'll be with some buddies at Baker today if anyone makes it up. I'm the big dude in the half bright half dark Oakley jacket probably looking like a newborn deer trying to walk on my skis.

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ID:	260172Mission this morning.


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    Skis parallel, shoulders downhill, grom is crushing it!

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    Decent conditions at Xtal this morning. There was a World Cup downhiller sighting on the #6 chair and hiking back South.

    Managed a lap down Powder Bowl and took a turn or two down in Silver Basin. Creamy goodness. The traverse was a mine field. Much Ptex will be sacrificed to Ullr today.
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

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    Apparently the new CEO at Crystal is from Snowshoe, WV. I didn't even know they had skiing in West Virginia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riblet Tramway View Post
    Apparently the new CEO at Crystal is from Snowshoe, WV. I didn't even know they had skiing in West Virginia.
    Best mountain in the mid Atlantic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toadman View Post
    Decent conditions at Xtal this morning. There was a World Cup downhiller sighting on the #6 chair and hiking back South.

    Managed a lap down Powder Bowl and took a turn or two down in Silver Basin. Creamy goodness. The traverse was a mine field. Much Ptex will be sacrificed to Ullr today.
    It sure felt like winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyromaniacman129 View Post
    I'll be with some buddies at Baker today if anyone makes it up. I'm the big dude in the half bright half dark Oakley jacket probably looking like a newborn deer trying to walk on my skis.

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    Good to ski with ya, come visit us windy hill folk sometime.

    Baker had some very mediocre conditions, good training for lot4.

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