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    In-bounds slide at Taos? Kachina Peak

    Hearing from friends that there was an in-bounds slide at Taos on Kachina peak with multiple burials.

    This information is preliminary and not confirmed.

    Damnit.

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    discussion in the NM thread.

    K4-5 slid.. from what I have heard and as close as I can tell from the taos news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    All ye punterz! Leave thine stupid heavy skis in the past, or at least in the resort category, for the age of lightweight pussy sticks is upon us! Behold! Keep up with the randocommandos on their carbon blades of shortness! Break thine tibias into spiral splinters with pintech extravagance!

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    https://www.taosnews.com/stories/ava...ina-peak,54548

    Two successfully rescued. Looking for more. Sucks.
    What we have here is an intelligence failure. You may be familiar with staring directly at that when shaving. .
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    Piper is fine. Meadow skipping in the backcountry.

    Freaked me out.

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    Fuuuuuck.
    "fuck off you asshat gaper shit for brains fucktard wanker." - Jesus Christ
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    Fuuuuuck is right.

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    The NM bc is pretty sketch right now, but this inbounds shit is freaking me out.
    Jesus rides beside me, he never buys any smokes.

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    This sucks bigtime. Vibes to those impacted by this. Looks really bad.
    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

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    Damn, hope everybody makes ok. Big terrain up there.

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    From the article:
    According to Taos News photographer Morgan Timms, who was at the scene of the accident on Thursday, the snow from the slide was so deep that the probes, which are as long as 30 feet, could not reach the bottom of the snowpack.
    Are there really probes 30' in length? Hopefully everyone is accounted for.

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    TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) - Two people were rescued Thursday after being buried in an avalanche at Taos Ski Valley. Both are in critical condition. One is at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, the other person has been flown to UNM Hospital. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by boltonoutlaw View Post
    From the article: Are there really probes 30' in length? Hopefully everyone is accounted for.
    Entirely possible, ski resorts have thin aluminum piping they use as probes for large searches like this one. Not the lightweight collapsible probes we carry.
    If things seem in control, Your just not going fast enough.

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    30' is extremely long. It would be recovery, not rescue at that length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackstraw View Post
    30' is extremely long. It would be recovery, not rescue at that length.
    That's pretty much true of any probe line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackstraw View Post
    30' is extremely long. It would be recovery, not rescue at that length.
    Skiing around with a 30’ pole would be a pain
    “I have a responsibility to not be intimidated and bullied by low life losers who abuse what little power is granted to them as ski patrollers.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    That's pretty much true of any probe line.
    Good point, but I'm assuming the two they rescued were not wearing beacons.

    I'm no avi expert, but within the first 20-30 minutes I'm thinking about using a standard probe for speed. Beyond that switch to a longer recovery probe.

    I have skinned and skied Kachina countless times. So horrible for the two caught obviously, but I know a few of the patrollers and cannot imagine how they're feeling right now.

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    I'm guessing that the two that were recovered were from visible cues from bystanders before the slide like mentioned, and from clues on the surface.

    Probing an entire debris field and hoping for a live recovery of someone fully buried without a beacon seems like an impossibility unless there was a very shallow burial and a very quick dog hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    I'm guessing that the two that were recovered were from visible cues from bystanders before the slide like mentioned, and from clues on the surface.

    Probing an entire debris field and hoping for a live recovery of someone fully buried without a beacon seems like an impossibility unless there was a very shallow burial and a very quick dog hit.
    This. Vibes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karma View Post
    Entirely possible, ski resorts have thin aluminum piping they use as probes for large searches like this one. Not the lightweight collapsible probes we carry.
    Thanks for the clarification. I was mystified

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    Sounds like one of the victims passed away.

    Sucks. So sad. And scary.

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    Does Taos have RECCO? Such a tragedy

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    Most likely yes to the RECCO.

    The company (RECCO) provides the receiving units free to most ski areas with avalanche potential as a way to drive sales of the reflector chips.

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    Thanks, that was my understanding.

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    RECCO is great for this kind of situation. The reflectors work best of course, but it can be used to locate other people and objects without reflectors by a trained user. Unfortunately, as far as I know it has only recovered bodies in NA so far, but maybe a few live saves overseas.

    Sorry to hear that one of the victims has died. Such a crazy situation. Probably having an incredible ski day right up until the point that rug got pulled out from under them.

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