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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 3:00 pm 
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3/3/18 Search and rescue, Chair 2 lot. (Credit:Bridget Naso, NBC)

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2:00 p.m.Traffic reopened to The Village and both directions to Main Lodge. Mammoth Mountain still remains closed for the day.

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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 3:42 pm 
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We were skiing Sanctuary right before this happened. We had come back around Lincoln trying to get to 25 when we heard the bomb. I was listening on the scanner and then pretty soon heard the entire mountain was shutting down and they were taking ski school staff to start the probe lines. Walked out to the road near Chair 4. Got on a bus, but took quite a while to get back up to Main to get our car.

On big days like this, I wear my beacon, shovel and probe. It never hurts. And the last time I was waiting at 22 on a big day, a patroller came around and let everyone with a beacon cut to the front of the line, so that was a bonus :clap:


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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 5:46 pm 
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We were riding 22. About to board, when they shut it for avalanche control. Which seemed odd. We heard about the closures, and were riding down under ch 16, Patrol and the avy dog were above on a chair and barking like mad. Got back to Ch 2 lot, and all the crews were gathered, Mtn Ops, Sheriffs, S&R, Forest Service. Walking past them and the volunteers as they were making their plan was eery. Knuckle heads were skiing down the road, with the emergency vehicles still coming up.

Glad everyone got out okay.


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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 6:29 pm 
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Thanks for the updates SL. We went to Northstar yesterday instead of Alpine because of the Squaw Avalanche/Missing rider. They asked all Squaw patrons to go to Alpine till they reopen
I also got news about Mt. Bachelor .... sad news all around

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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 6:36 pm 
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^ Crap...hadn't heard about the tree well suffocations at Bachelor yet. This is the time for everyone to be super cautious of that sort of situation. Always ski/ride with a buddy through trees after dumps like this.

https://snowbrains.com/two-die-tree-wel ... yesterday/

Thankfully, here, no fatalities or lost souls. Final update below:

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SEARCH EFFORTS COMPLETE AT 4:30PM

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA -- At approximately 10:15AM on March 3, 2018, Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol was performing routine avalanche mitigation work in a closed area when a large avalanche released on the Climax ski run. The avalanche traveled down Upper Dry Creek and terminated at the bottom lift terminal of High Five Express [Chair 5]. The powder cloud from the avalanche extended about 100 meters into an area open to the public, where two guests were partially caught. Both were able to immediately free themselves without serious injury. Additionally, six employees working at the bottom of the closed lift were partially caught, but freed themselves quickly, suffering only minor injuries.

Ski Patrol was on scene with initial rescue efforts within moments, and search operations began immediately. Ski Patrol led a 6-hour search, which included the use of transceivers, RECCO, avalanche rescue dogs, and a manual probe search, all with no results reported. Nearly 200 employees, first responders and guests contributed to the effort on-hill.

Within minutes of the call, Mammoth initiated its emergency response protocols, and multiple agencies and resources responded. Mammoth extends a sincere thank you to all the guests, employees, and other first responders who immediately responded to the scene, as well as to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Mono County Search and Rescue, Mono County Paramedics, California Highway Patrol, Mammoth Lakes CERT and Inyo County Search and Rescue, all of whom assisted with an overwhelming response.

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 Mountain will return to normal operations Sunday, March 4.

A full investigation is underway.

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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Thanks to Jeri Sorsensen for this photo.

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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I was coming down Avy 3 when I heard the blast. Visibility was so poor I did not see anything.


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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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^ RBS called me to tell me you were here. Glad you are okay.

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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Wow that was a huge slide to reach the bottom of chair 5 and beyond! Could have been so much worse!


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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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How scary. What an awful couple days up and down the west :(


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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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Driving up to main this morning you could see the crown line go all the way from Huevos to the rocks on lookers right. If I could see the crown line from the road it must’ve been 10feet high.


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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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From the Wave Rave story on Instagram

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
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Tell us what they said for those of us not on Instagram.

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 Post subject: Re: 3/3/18 10:22 a.m. AVALANCHE ON MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN JUST NOW!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:12 pm 
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They didn't say anything just posted the pic of the top and video showing the path all the way down Upper Dry Creek to Chair 5.

The area around Chair 23 didn't slide and looked epic but the lines were epic too. I think the Paranoids slid.


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