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2023-2024 avalanche season

charlier

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The first reported avalanche of the season was submitted via observation to the CAIC. The avalanche occurred in the backcountry, southeast of Aspen on 'Mountain Boy Peak' near Independence Pass. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the avalanche.

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jmeb

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Nice write up from Paul.

Quality observations make all the difference to avalanche forecasting operations. Even if you don't see an avalanche or other signs of instability, observation of stability are also very useful for your local center.
 

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Wow... it was a "life-threatening lower leg injury"... sounds gruesome.

If you don't know the area well, like me, here's an overview from Fatmap. Airplane Gully is the teal colored route inside the yellow circle. The blue "T" marks the top of Tuckerman Ravine. The lower left ski resort is Wildcat.

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A closer Fatmap view of the Great Gulf area, and the Airplane Gully.

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This guy has some high energy but it was attention grabbing.
Hopefully backcountry skiers will take heed.
 

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We lost a BC skier yesterday up off of Lookout Pass on the ID/MT boarder. There are some really unstable layers out there be safe all.
Report posted: https://www.idahopanhandleavalanche.org/docs/Stevens-Willow Fatality Report FINAL.pdf

I'm definitely no expert, but it sounds like they did everything about as right as one can. Scary & sad!

And the Spokesman-Review has coverage, including more info about the skier: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2024/jan/22/report-offers-more-detail-on-avalanche-that-killed/
 

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Lee Canyon has joined the avy list.


AVALANCHE REPORT...





At approximately 1:20 pm today, an avalanche occurred at Lee Canyon Ski Area above the Sherwood chairlift, affecting the Black Jack, High Roller, and Keno trails. The Sherwood lift was immediately stopped, and the resort suspended all operations and ski patrol was dispatched. Guests were asked to leave the resort.

Our ski patrol & mountain operations teams immediately performed a search & found one guest requiring assistance who was released after being treated on the scene. No other persons were reported missing.

At that time, as a precaution, though no other reports of guests were missing, Lee Canyon employees and guests performed a probe line over the affected areas.

An on-mountain search and a parking lot sweep have been conducted, and currently, everyone is accounted for––there are no active reports of people missing.

Las Vegas Metro Search and Rescue, Mt. Charleston and Clark County Fire Departments are currently on scene working alongside Lee Canyon's teams.

Extreme winter weather conditions will continue in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area. Currently, state routes 156 and 157 are closed to the public. Only Lee and Kyle Canyons residents will be permitted to access those roads.

Lee Canyon Ski Area will remain closed tomorrow, and potentially wednesday. Guests with purchased lift tickets will be refunded.
 

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