>Wind at Kelly Canyon


Just thought I’d post a few pictures i took on Tuesday during my KC Ski Patrol shift. With nearly a foot of new snow and in the midst of a Severe Wind Warning, Kevin H. and I did a mitigation run during opening procedures.
Shooting cracks propagated long distances.
This 10″ deep x 30′ wide slab was under Lift 1, above Mid of 2 where you can sneak from Bear to the Upper Bowl. A single ski cut easily triggered this slab.

With the right weather pattern, the possibility of an avalanche can even exist in seemingly harmless locations, such as Kelly’s. They don’t need to be big to be consequential; just associated with terrain traps such as road cuts, ravines, and rows of brush or trees… which we have a lot of. Food for thought.