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There is new snow in the hills and more on the way. Please check the avalanche forecasts and practice safe backcountry travel habits.

And when you do get out, please let us know what you find. The information you post could save someones life.

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2 responses to “>Just do it

  1. >After watching this, I would venture a guess that this snowpack is iffy whether it would slide or not. Perhaps yes, perhaps no. Find a different aspect, or another day/week/month….Agree…or no?Dean, your test below, which I can't get to play anymore, showed a stable snowpack if I remember right. I mean, you were really beating on that column….I would say good to go without much doubt….JB

  2. >This video definately suggests instability, especially where the weight of a skier could effectively trigger a slide. I would take this information and factor it in to other snow pits and tests performed in order to have some consistancy or inconsistancy of results… then make a decision. As for the tests results from my pits in the West Pine Creek, my personal opinion was of the low end of yellow (think of a stop light). While there were instabilities i identified in my snow pits and it was taking a significant amount of stress on the isolated column to see a reaction on those instabilities. Although we felt reasonably safe that day, we still were vigiliant to ski one at at time, stop in protected areas, and travel spread out. The snow stability has changed with this recent snow. The surface hoar that formed last week is now burried 8" to 12" inches below the surface and was moderately reactive in our tests today. Video to come. Good topic, JB! Thanks for the inquiry.

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