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Title: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: Andrew Carey on 03/01/14, 11:22 AM
Snowboarder sets off slab that runs all the way into town destroying two houses and burying 3 people:

Missoula avalanche (http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/rattlesnake-avalanche-was-human-triggered/24750930)


Title: Re: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: snoqpass on 03/01/14, 02:53 PM
Except they were at home minding their own business


Title: Re: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: JoshK on 03/01/14, 05:10 PM
Wow, what a shit for brains. Homeboy is really lucky he isn't looking at 3 counts of manslaughter.

"But it was just a small peak near town." -Moron


Title: Re: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: rlsg on 03/01/14, 06:57 PM
Surprised that in that area (potentially loaded slopes dangerously close to folks in runout zone..)  "experts" didn't consider mitigating the potential for a devastating slide (is that called avalanche control?).


Title: Re: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: Samuraijr on 03/02/14, 09:00 AM
I grew up in Missoula.  Saying an avalanche went off of Mount Jumbo is kinda like saying an avalanche ran off of Cougar Mountain... It isn't near town, its in town, as the report indicates... Amazing that there was that much snow that low...


Title: Re: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: Charlie Hagedorn on 03/02/14, 12:09 PM
Thanks for the perspective, Samuraijr.


Title: Re: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: all mtn on 03/04/14, 07:15 AM
The citizens there have established a fund for the rebuilding of the homes, and ones affected by this avalanche.


Title: Re: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: BillK on 03/07/14, 08:04 AM
No, it's across the highway....Rattlesnake Canyon.


Title: Re: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: T. Eastman on 03/07/14, 08:44 AM
I'm visiting in Missoula and looking at right now.  Sounds like quite a dump.  Lots of towns in the West have homes in similar areas.


Title: Re: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: flowing alpy on 03/08/14, 06:18 PM
the snow or the town?
b


Title: Re: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: DG on 03/10/14, 04:49 PM
Quote from: Andrew Carey on 03/01/14, 11:22 AM
Snowboarder sets off slab that runs all the way into town destroying two houses and burying 3 people:
Missoula avalanche (http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/rattlesnake-avalanche-was-human-triggered/24750930)


I don't know the particulars but an alternative title for the article might be: "Town people locate their homes in avalanche path, two houses destroyed and three people buried."


Title: Re: If you think Chair Peak was bad ... Missoula. MT
Post by: Samuraijr on 03/11/14, 08:40 AM
DC, perhaps, but more accurately -- "Town people locate their homes in 100 year avalanche path, two houses destroyed and three people buried."  As a former local, and speaking to friends still there, there has never been that much snow in that region in recent (e.g., 50+ year) memory.  The locals are used to placing homes in beautiful treed mountains that sometimes burn, along amazing trout streams that sometimes flood. 

Not unlike Washington locals building houses in areas prone to 500 year volcanic lahars, above earthquake fault lines, or near ocean cliffs that sometimes slide. 

One of the hazards of living the good life.

JR


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