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bcskier
January 28th, 2009, 09:22 AM
Hey all, nice to see an avalanche awareness forum on your site. My main bc activity is skiing. I used to do a lot of sledding, but these days it's mostly skiing. Therefor I spend a fair bit of time with my nose in snow pits and paying a lot of attention to conditions and weather. I enjoy avalanche discussion and learning from observations of others using the back country.

So anyway I came across this video on another site:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySWnOTOp_zE

Play safe out there everyone!:)

Apex162
January 28th, 2009, 10:16 AM
That's a awesome video, welcome to the site and search for avy post to read

BrandonSK
January 28th, 2009, 03:53 PM
You can tell just from the snow as he was climbing it was not a safe condition.

bcskier
January 28th, 2009, 04:17 PM
Thanks for the welcome people :)

Did you notice where it triggered?

Right when he cut around that rock (where the snow pack was thin) He's lucky it fractured below him and didn't propagate up above him. If it would of cut out above him he would have been nailed by a wall and probably not rode out of it like he did.

I think that was in Wyoming they're they're dealing with a similar snow pack to ours (Kootenays). Although our snow pack has strengthened significantly in the last while, I'm still leary about unsupported convex slopes or ones with rock bands like in the video. If you do find that trigger (thin spot where you can hit that depth hoar/facet layer) she's probably gonna go big.

POWDERSLUT
January 28th, 2009, 04:38 PM
you called it bcskier.As soon as he got near that rock sticking out of the snow,thin snow pack = instant trigger.Lucky lucky man,thanks for the vid