Inbounds Avi at Steamboat

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Inbounds Avi at Steamboat

Postby EMSC » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:34 pm

Talk about one of the last places you would expect an inbounds Avalanche... 8 caught, only one fully buried but supposedly OK.

https://www.steamboatpilot.com/news/ski-patrols-make-heroic-rescue-after-avalanche-on-steamboat-resort-buries-one-person/
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Re: Inbounds Avi at Steamboat

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:40 pm

Yes the October/November weather pattern is surely a worst case scenario for Colorado snow stability this season.
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Re: Inbounds Avi at Steamboat

Postby tseeb » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:04 am

EMSC wrote:Talk about one of the last places you would expect an inbounds Avalanche
I also wondered about that given reputation. I've never been there, but hope to make it soon since it's on Ikon.

Also problems with snow stability in UT. https://snowbrains.com/snowboarder-kill ... city-utah/
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Re: Inbounds Avi at Steamboat

Postby EMSC » Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:51 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Yes the October/November weather pattern is surely a worst case scenario for Colorado snow stability this season.


While Colorado almost never has a good snow stability pattern, this year in the central and northen mtns will be much worse than average for sure.

tseeb wrote:I also wondered about that given reputation.


While there is tons of single diamond stuff that is >30 degree pitch (the angle where avalanches begin to occur regularly), there is only one ridge line with ~300-500 vertical that contains anything resembling true steeps. On the trail map it is the very upper left hand side of the mtn. The big drawback of it is that it mellows after the short pitch and all of it eventually ends with dead-flat push and pole hassles. And no single lift access (you have to go up & over, ski down to Morningside then take that lift back up... or hike up the ridge line). So, terrible access and even then only for a super short pitch.
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Re: Inbounds Avi at Steamboat

Postby Marc_C » Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:47 pm

tseeb wrote:Also problems with snow stability in UT. https://snowbrains.com/snowboarder-killed-avalance-park-city-utah/


Here's the write up and analysis: https://utahavalanchecenter.org/avalanche/48937
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