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ajjenkin
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January 8, 2006, Tatoosh MRNP
« on: 01/09/06, 11:22 AM »

Great day skiing up around The Castle yesterday except for one of our party almost getting caught in a small slide.   Slide occured on our last run.   We were heading back down to the Steven's Canyon Highway.  Bad decision making allowed us to be lured onto a N/NE facing (approx. 25-30 deg) slope.  The vertical drop of this small slope was about 200'.  Given the terrain and the previous night's S/SW winds, this slope had a 8-10" wind slab on it.  A party member triggered the appox. 100'x80' slide after a couple of turns, but avoided getting caught in the slide.  The diamond shaped slab released, broke-up, and ran slowly for about 50 yards.

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Re: January 8, 2006, Tatoosh MRNP
« Reply #1 on: 01/10/06, 01:56 AM »

ajjenkin, Thanks for posting this - it's always good to hear about avy activity.   Glad no one was caught in it.
So was that the thickness of the slab/height of the crown... about 8-10 inches?
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Re: January 8, 2006, Tatoosh MRNP
« Reply #2 on: 01/10/06, 06:14 AM »

Your welcome.  Given talk of such "bomber" layers on Sunday, I thought it would be educational to bring this up. Yes.  8-10 inch crown with a velvety smooth bed surface.  Things have probably significantly changed up there by now...
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Re: January 8, 2006, Tatoosh MRNP
« Reply #3 on: 01/10/06, 07:49 AM »

definitely wasn't bomber up there. We were at Paradise on Sun and there was obvious wind slab. I don't remember coming across any 8-10" layers but 4-6" was common. Backbowl was all wind slab towards the top half but down below was nice fluff.
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