View Full Version : First known Avy of season?
In Maryland, Deep Creek Resort, of all places:
Anyway the real reason I post this is this weekends storms had fluff rations as mucgh as 1:40. Tomorrows system will have heavier more moisture laden snow, with freezing rain and rain a possiblity at the resorts as well as MWO. So please take care, all you folks goin out on thanksgiving...
11-24-2008, 06:40 PM
I do appreciate the tenor of the post.... But i can't help but laugh my ass off at some level... That being said - I'm glad your OK...
Sliding on grass,
such a high crown.
Boarders and skiers,
now sharing a frown.
I just saw it, and said, Maryland?
But it happened on an inversion layer with high fluff powder below and glop on top. Seems like the slope is all grassy, no anchors.
My point was, this coming weekend should be similar in the greens and whites.
From MWO's website:
As the air flow shifts to the southeast bringing in milder air off the Atlantic, temperatures will slowly increase. This means moisture will fall as snow tonight and most of tomorrow but late tomorrow, temperatures will approach freezing allowing a transition to mixed precipitation. This means snow grains, sleet, freezing rain, or rain are all possible late in the day. This also means that the snow that does fall will be a wetter and heavier snow especially compared to what has fallen over the past few days. This may form some stratifying of the snow, therefore, check the USFS avalanche bulletins before hiking at: http://www.tuckerman.org/avalanche/index.html
11-25-2008, 07:40 AM
Anywhere there is enough snow, the right angle, and a trigger.....
Pretty funny it happened in Marlyland though!
11-25-2008, 02:00 PM
There's always some inbounds snowmaking slides every year, but they're not highly publicized (wonder why :rolleyes:). General avy knowledge comes in handy: in this case apparently there was some light snow in the smooth grass, which doubled it: the snow probably morphed a bit, got a real loose crystalline texture to it, and thats whats bonding the snowmaking to the grass? Looks like you've got a bit of a rollever there, too.
The first snowmaking avalanche I ever heard of was the huge one at Holiday Valley, I believe it was, or some other small hill in NY. I believe the crown was measured in feet.
11-25-2008, 02:11 PM
Whiteface had a big slide on Cloudspin (?) before the '84 Olympics. Took out a lot of equipment and resulted in some panicked last-minute making of snow. They brought in a bunch of volunteers to boot-pack and ski-pack the snowmaking while it was being made to make sure it didn't slide again.
Jay Peak has one particular trail that likes to climax slide, can't remember the name, but read a report about facets pouring into a test pit like ball bearings. This sort of thing can especially be a problem in the early season because of temperature gradients from the still warm ground.
11-25-2008, 10:55 PM
i'm guessing its exhibition?
I know its had slides after major natural snow events ...
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