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 Post subject: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:29 am 
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3/3/18 10:22 a.m. Inbounds avalanche on Mammoth Mountain with possible burials. Minaret Road is being shut down from Forest Trail up. Emergency responders staging at the Vons parking lot. Pray!

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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Oh no!! Praying!!


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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:57 am 
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Mammoth Mountain is shut down. Triage operations being set up at Canyon Lodge. Every emergency responder in area is involved with this incident at the Chair 2 parking lot, Vons parking lot (staging for most) traffic control off the mountain and around town. Other fire departments in the region are coming to help.

Posted by a MMR employee..."One partial buried, but not known if others were in the area when avalanche occurred. Controlled slide from Climax that went all the way Upper Dry Creek."

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:09 pm 
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Hoping for the best. I'm having a flashback to April 2006 when Climax slid shortly after I got to the bottom of it.


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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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Mammoth twitter says say no one is missing at this time


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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:26 pm 
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Mammoth Mountain has posted info and update:
At approximately 10:15AM on March 3, 2018, Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol was performing avalanche hazard mitigation work when an avalanche released on the upper part of the mountain traveling towards the High Five Express [Chair 5] area. All rescue measures are in place and the mountain is currently closed. At this time, there are no confirmed missing people. If members of the public are aware of missing friends or family, please contact 760.934.0611. More information to follow.

There is a cardiac incident up there right now, but it has nothing to do with the avalanche.

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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SL, thanks for the updates.


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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:43 pm 
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Approximate area of avy.

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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Another MMSA update:
11:50AM - Avalanche protocols were initiated immediately. The first searches with transceivers, avalanche dogs and a RECCO search have not produced any results. The third stage of the avalanche protocol involving a manual probe search is underway.

Three individuals were partially buried in the avalanche and were able to free themselves.

Lift operations at Mammoth will be halted for the remainder of the day to focus full efforts on the site.

There have been no reports of missing persons. If members of the public are aware of missing friends or family, please call 760.934.0611.

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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Caltrans putting a message on the Changable Message signs right now that Mammoth Mountain is closed.

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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12:43 p.m. Uphill road closure now being moved from Minaret and Forest Trail to Minaret and 203.

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Kinda makes me think I should wear something RECCO, maybe it's just me but there's little buzz any more.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss ... cco+jacket
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=recco+jacket


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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:33 pm 
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45 minutes ago

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Updated statement regarding 3.3 incident.

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA -- At approximately 10:15AM on March 3, 2018, Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol was performing avalanche hazard mitigation work when an avalanche released on the upper part of the mountain traveling towards the High Five Express [Chair 5] area. The area where avalanche control work was conducted was closed for skiing at the time of the incident. Avalanche debris traveled toward the bottom of the lift and ultimately crossed into an area that was open to the public.

Three people were partially buried including one Mammoth Mountain employee. The three individuals were able to free themselves without injury.

Ski Patrol was on scene with initial rescue efforts within minutes and search operations were put into motion immediately. After a transceiver search, RECCO search and avalanche dog search, no results were reported. A manual probe search is on-going.

We are not aware of any missing persons. If members of the public are aware of missing friends or family, please call 760-934-0611.

Mammoth will remain closed today to focus all efforts on the site.

We expect to return to normal operation tomorrow. Full investigation is ongoing and more details will come.


The uphill closure is on the Caltrans site now:

IS CLOSED FROM LAKE MARY /IN MAMMOTH LAKES/ TO MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN INN
(MONO CO) - DUE TO SNOW - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:42 pm 
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The big difference between this one and April 2006 is this was caused by Patrol doing their job and the one in 2006 was after Patrol had opened the top. (That's not criticism of ski patrol in either case!)

In both cases it appears that Mammoth was fortunate that no one was seriously injured or killed. Clothing with Recco definitely see like a good idea. My Burton AK pants have it.


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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:43 pm 
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Media stories are rolling in.

http://ktla.com/2018/03/03/avalanche-pr ... confirmed/

http://fox40.com/2018/03/03/three-peopl ... -saturday/

http://abc7.com/weather/mammoth-mountai ... e/3170214/

(Photo credit: Melissa Pamer/KTLA)
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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-m ... story.html

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