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Thursday, January 13, 2005
Good morning, this
Wow.† After a 28-year professional avalanche career,
I donít get impressed very often, but yesterday I witnessed the largest, most
spectacular, natural avalanche Iíve ever seen outside of
Yesterday was the first
clear day after the storm and people got out to see quite widespread avalanche
activity that occurred during the storm.†
Since the storm was so warm, the slab is so thick and the temperatures have cooled so much, I suspect that it will be hard for a person to trigger some of these deep monster avalanches, but if you do, it will be absolutely impossible to survive it. †There may be a few more naturals come down today, so most smart folks I know continue to stay out from underneath big, steep slopes.† Also, the winds blew hard from the northwest yesterday and overnight and this has made some areas of sensitive wind slabs along the upper elevation ridges, mostly on south and east facing slopes.† As always, avoid steep slopes with recent deposits of wind drifted snow.
People without good avalanche skills should continue to avoid the backcountry today.
Bottom Line (
There is a continued
Strong ridge top winds will continue to blow today from the northwest 20-30 mph, gusting to 40.† Ridge top temperatures will be 5-10 degrees with 8,000í temperatures around 20 and an overnight low in the single digits.† Skies should be clear again.† For the extended forecast, we will have a weak disturbance on Saturday with a few clouds and light snow showers, but otherwise it should be clear for the next week or so, which will give us a much-needed break.
I will give a
free avalanche awareness talk at the
There are a few
spots left in the Friends of the
hosting its 2nd annual Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Week January
31 Ė February 7th as a benefit for the
We do an early morning update around 6am each day on the 364-1591 line.
If you are getting into the backcountry and see anything we should know about, give us a call at 524-5304, or 1-800-662-4140, or e-mail us at [email protected]
Your information is very valuable to us.
The information in this advisory is from the U.S. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content.† This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.
Brett Kobernik will update this advisory by 7:30 on Friday morning.
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