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Charlie Hagedorn
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November 16, 2013, Stevens
« on: 11/16/13, 09:13 PM »

Skiing quite good. Pow skis, not rock skis. Snow partially upside down. Easy Q2 shears at the new/old interface, where fist-hard new didn't stick well to pencil-hard old. Two notable slides "inbounds" on that layer.

First half-lap was on short 75 mm rock skis. The snow was good, rocks were rare, and tips were getting trapped under somewhat upside-down snow. Back to the car for my usual winter skis.

Met a friend atop the Chief who mentioned having seen a ~60'-wide slide, which led me to select a more-careful route down the backside (Thanks Doug!).

Top half of the backside skied really well; smooth, fast, and fairly light. Bottom half was knee+deep, inverted, and heavy.  On the uptrack, two slides were apparent (see photos). Both seem to have gone on the new/old interface. Propagation, especially on the higher-elevation Slide A, was wider than I expected from the snow consistency. Flipped beacon to receive on both deposition zones; didn't hear a piep.

Skied the top of the backside again, then dropped through the trees skier's left of Double Diamond. Trees were tighter in there, but the old-snow base was substantial-enough to make skiing fun.  New-old bond in the trees was poor, but the new snow was loose, dry, and fun over the edgeable/scratchy old. Lower half had a billy-goat feel. Wind-effect was present anywhere unsheltered on the top half of the frontside.

A grey heli, perhaps smaller than a Huey, came low through the pass at 11 am -- anyone have the story?

Layers of concern were the new/old interface and the occasional storm layer. Wind moved snow all day.

Slide locations are approximate.


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r1de
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Re: November 16, 2013, Stevens
« Reply #1 on: 11/16/13, 10:38 PM »

Another excellent report confirming what should have been anticipated danger conditions given recent weather.  Thanks for posting this + the details.
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