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lukehumphrey
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January 29, 2016 Small Avy - Crystal Sidecountry
« on: 01/30/16, 07:28 PM »

Had a minor scare today getting caught in an avalanche in the Crystal Mountain sidecountry (Niagras near Northway, Gate 9, first run of the day). Slid a few hundred feet and deployed my airbag after I was unable to board out of a sluff slide which had built momentum, starting to overtake me (depth was getting above my head). Was likely triggered in part from above, combined with my own sluff. The ~9-12" of fresh snow wasn't well bonded with the harder layer underneath. Was with 3 people, 2 were on the side, one above (not caught). Re-packed my bag and boarded the rest of the day. No injuries, just became a little more cautious in controlling sluff and ensuring better separation within the party. Happy the run-out was really benign.
Adding pics where it occurred. one is my GPS tracks, the other is a green line on the map that I believe correlates with the location.

Just sharing info as I'm always curious when stuff like this happens. I think that's an East-ish facing slope, ~5500-5800ft, 10am-ish.


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Re: January 29, 2016 Small Avy - Crystal Sidecountry
« Reply #1 on: 01/30/16, 07:43 PM »

Wow! Glad you're ok. We were probably there right after you guys and skied more to skiers left of the main gut. An airbag and a helmet are increasingly seeming like a good call inbounds on pow days. I lost a ski and narrowly avoided a 200 foot ride in storm sluff under the gondola a few weeks ago.
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Re: January 29, 2016 Small Avy - Crystal Sidecountry
« Reply #2 on: 01/30/16, 08:31 PM »

Glad you're OK! Thanks for sharing.
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lukehumphrey
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Re: January 29, 2016 Small Avy - Crystal Sidecountry
« Reply #3 on: 01/31/16, 01:49 PM »

Thanks guys. cascademystic I share your opinion of the Crystal Southback being the best lift accessed terrain in the PNW! A run later that day in Silver Basin made my week.
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