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    Alpine Meadows- 38 years ago today- 03/31/1982

    This is one of those "never forgets" for anyone in the industry.

    Pull off that N-95 mask and tip one tonight for Bernie, Jake and Snow Ranger Don. And anyone else who has ever done the job.
    When you're done- remember to pull your transceiver batteries.
    "if you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind..."

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    Damn, that was the winter before I moved west to begin my adventure.

    Here is to all those who didn't make it and those who were molded by that accident as well.
    Ooof!

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    Alpine Meadows- 38 years ago today- 03/31/1982

    Two years later, to the day.


    https://www.aspendailynews.com/news/...da497.html#ath


    I volunteered the previous two seasons, so I knew all three well. RIP.

    Batteries stay in for now, even though Iím just skipping.

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    Thanks for that reminder as well. I met some Highlands patrollers at an AAI L1 course in JH in 86, they were still very affected by that accident.

    RIP.
    Ooof!

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    I seem to remember a great article in some TAR about this event. Anyone know which issue..? I wish the TAR archives still had the ability of keyword searching.

    Paging homemade salsa
    Quote Originally Posted by The SnowShow View Post
    Keystone is the new Snowbird

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronic View Post
    I seem to remember a great article in some TAR about this event. Anyone know which issue..? I wish the TAR archives still had the ability of keyword searching.

    Paging homemade salsa
    I'll go find it for you and post it up. We're working with MSU to get all the archives online like ISSW proceedings, but everything is on hold, right? Google search does a decent job for now.

    Try 34.1, page 20


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    Quote Originally Posted by homemadesalsa View Post
    Try 34.1, page 20


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    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by homemadesalsa View Post
    I'll go find it for you and post it up. We're working with MSU to get all the archives online like ISSW proceedings, but everything is on hold, right? Google search does a decent job for now.

    Try 34.1, page 20


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    Thanks!

    Any tips for Google keyword searches. I had tried this prior to posting with no luck:

    "the avalanche review alpine meadows avalanche 1982"
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    Keystone is the new Snowbird

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronic View Post
    Thanks!

    Any tips for Google keyword searches. I had tried this prior to posting with no luck:

    "the avalanche review alpine meadows avalanche 1982"
    I used alpine meadows avalanche "TAR" (must include TAR). Here's the spread:Click image for larger version. 

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    I was at Squaw that week and it was crazy. Guys were jumping off third and fourth floor railings into fresh snow that was up the the second floor and grabbing ropes thrown to them to get pulled out. The valley roads were devoid of snow when we arrived for the USSA Freestyle Nationals and by day three they were plowing by braille until they hit a fully buried car and would then work around it. There was a Porsche soft top that we walked by on day one and by day five the owner and his kids were pulling snow up from around it in buckets to keep people from walking over the top of it. It was in a coffin like hole 50 yards away from the main road and ten feet down. The day of the slide they had closed Squaw mid day and the next day I went up with patrol to help get things opened up. Crossing the ridge you could see just the top of the lodge at Alpine that was buried...everything else was under snow. We crossed over to the Red Dog lift which had been closed the day before and snow was drifted up and completely covering the upper station, cable and bullwheel...overnight ! We ended up digging a trench down hill for about 50 yards till the cable was clear and the chairs could move up and down to fire it up. You actually had to climb up and out of the trench at the top after you pushed away from the chair. National were canceled and then it became a game of get out of town and the road in/out was only open for very short periods as it kept getting covered by avi debris. Scary scary time

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    Unhappy bakuriani

    The winter season has been postponed with us

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