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Title: Dec 15 th Mazama Ridge sluff skiing
Post by: Robie on 12/15/12, 09:15 PM
Road opened around 830 !
6 Tacoma mounties Skied down east facing directly from
Paradise parking lot in 12 -14" med density powder. No issues .Crossed Paradise river by butt checking into creek and crossing on 1' base in creek bottom .
Then we  climbed Mazama West facing in Indian Rock area .
Second run on open 35 -40* slopes  starting at 5400 '  in 12 -14 " produced skier triggered point releases which turned into slope cleaning slides . Loose snow slid on slippery  layer for 350 ' 30' wide and left a  2 ' deep pile on road.  We had one skier who was swept along for a short distance . We did a double check and got the same results ! No naturals.
I would expect it to get worse with forcasted precip.
If road opens on Sunday advise stick to moderate angle slopes.
Snowing as we left and road was pretty good.


Title: Re: Dec 15 th Mazama Ridge sluff skiing
Post by: J.P. on 12/15/12, 09:55 PM
Goods news no one was injured! You might consider also posting your event/observations on the new NWAC snowpack info exchange site for the benefit of others who may not read this TR:

NWAC Snow Info Site (http://www.wwu.edu/huxley/spatial/maps/nwac/)



Title: Re: Dec 15 th Mazama Ridge sluff skiing
Post by: Andrew Carey on 12/16/12, 09:56 AM
I was up on Mazama the day before, pretty stable while breaking trail up but started to get some cracks & slabs skiing down.  Big snow coming now.


Title: Re: Dec 15 th Mazama Ridge sluff skiing
Post by: ~Link~ on 12/16/12, 01:37 PM
Excellent.  Thanks for sharing.


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