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  1. #1
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    massive wet slab avy at yellowstone club ski area

    Yikes!

    "A very large wet slab avalanche released on an east aspect with an estimated 6-8' deep crown." - Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

    link to report: https://www.mtavalanche.com/node/22826



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    Master of mediocrity.

  2. #2
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    holy shit that debris field, insane. 6-8' x 1800'. yikes.

  3. #3
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    Lake lift survived. Amazingly lucky.
    Ooof!

  4. #4
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    Damn. That's gnarly.

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    Terrain appears to be downright mellow too.
    I remember a bottomless freedom...

  6. #6
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    And I guess that I just don't know

  7. #7
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    so, would that slide been as likely to happen if that slope had been at a crowded, well skied place vs. the closed and lightly skied area that it is? How much would skier compaction help in preventing this type of slide?

  8. #8
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    Yikes. What's the weather been like down there?
    No longer stuck.

    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

  9. #9
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    Looks like Alpental on a thursday.

  10. #10
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    The area that slid gets the most ski compaction of the entire ridge at the Y/C.

    Busy days there are not like a busy day at the average ski are but it gets skied enough to be well affected.

    We had a shit snow pack this winter with a persistent very weak layer at the ground with full depth avalanches into January. The area is just low enough angle that it didn't go big during that cycle. Its a big assed slide but not really that surprising given this winters avalanche activity.
    Ooof!

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    Dang
    watch out for snakes

  12. #12
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    i was at big sky for a month ending w the shutdown, dude was saying there was a bad weak layer way down.

    high cold dry snowpacks are scary.

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