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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:28 am 
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Wow, that must have been before this happened:

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Link to EASC webpage. 12 foot crown on Drop Outs/Wipe Outs.
http://esavalanche.org/content/mammoth- ... ol-results


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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:51 am 
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^ Yup, that Patrol avy work took place Friday morning, 1/5/17.

12’ crown from avalanche control work by Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol on Friday, 1/6/17. Guest skier (assistant hand charge-thrower) Glen Plake. Photo credit by permission:Brett Reed

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center site:
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Avalanche Type:
Dry
Slab
Trigger type:
Other - explain below
Crown Height:
More than 10 ft
Weak Layer:
Old Snow
Avalanche Width:
2 000ft.
Elevation:
11 000ft.
Bed Surface:
Old Snow
Avalanche Length:
1 500ft.

More detailed information about the avalanche:
Huge crowns resulting from explosive control measures on Mammoth Mountain this morning, see attached photos. Over 12' tall crowns! One small hand charge resulted in half of the upper mountain releasing (all of the drop outs and wipe outs through the hump). Of note, some of these slopes had been shot with heavy artilery (40lb warheads) and didn't fail. A 2lb handcharge in the sweet spot is what caused the entire release. Stepped down to late november raincrust. Also 4-6ft crowns in the chair 9 area.


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I'll have a piece on avalanche safety in my next Sierra Lady About Town blog on Howard's subscription weather letter next Thursday and will be using Brett's photo with permission.

It's pouring rain here in town at 7,832' with soggy snow in the driveway and on our front porch. It's 40 degrees out. Seeing lightning and hearing thunder...wow! :o

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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:09 am 
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Rain and Sleet with snow flakes at times here at 8200 feet. The Ski Area is now closed until further notice, just got the call.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:16 am 
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that crown reminds me of the 85-86 season when it had a similar crown. I think Snowman has a picture somewhere of it or its on the patrol site. There used to be a sweet mountain map but I cant find it.


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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:05 am 
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lady glen posted the pic on insta on friday. thanks bye


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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
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lady glen posted the pic on insta on friday. thanks bye


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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
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Due to the severity of this storm - wind, rain, snow, lightning - all lifts are closed for the day. We will return to normal operations tomorrow 1.9.

I cant believe they didnt try to keep a lift running to avoid vouchers!

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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
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I can't believe anyone would buy a lift ticket on a day like today.


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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
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Did anyone go to Early Ups yesterday? How was it?


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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
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Yesterday afternoon, I saw people buying tickets for today and the mountain wasn't warning them. I told some, but they ignored me.


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Here are the three images I have. Working on the full story from Patrol of that day. That was my first full time year on the hill and I was in shock that day and sad that Drop out was down to the dirt.

http://mammothsnowman.com/1986-avalanch ... -ski-area/

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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
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TheSnowman wrote:
Here are the three images I have. Working on the full story from Patrol of that day. That was my first full time year on the hill and I was in shock that day and sad that Drop out was down to the dirt.

http://mammothsnowman.com/1986-avalanch ... -ski-area/

Excellent!!!

A few more from that slide...
(not sure who took these. I found them somewhere in 2011)

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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
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Only chairs 7 & 8 open.


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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
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Visibility at Canyon has improved. Hopefully they'll get a few more chairs open. It's a powder day! :rofl:


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 Post subject: Re: Mammoth Mountain current snow conditions ?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:29 am 
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Powder Day ha ha is right... my blower will not even move in this cement.

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