Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Terrain

Today was tremendous.  We had 9" new and 16" from the storm.  More is heading our way tonight and tomorrow.  It was a big day for the ski patrol.  They were prepping trails for opening and doing a lot of avalanche work.  There was plenty of ski cutting, packing, and explosives work.  We saw several very small slides, a decent sized slide in South Chute on Slalom Slope, and a HUGE AVALANCHE on Pali stretching from Main Street to the 2nd Alley.

The snowcat drivers have done a bunch of packing all over the mountain.  Tonight should be another big night for them.  Our next trails to open will be Wrangler, Lenawee Parks, Humbug, Powerline, and Cornice Run/West Wall.  We may see some of those trails open Wednesday.  As you have seen in the past, we may open a trail for a couple hours to let the snow get packed.  We then may close it for the evening and let it set up and stiffen up over night.  Just a tip, take it for what it is worth, but I would ski here Wednesday and pay attention to where the ski patrol is working.




8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Al - Curisous as to how the avalanche was triggered? Man or natural, how large was the slide?

Keep up the great work! It will be a great year

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

The Pali slide was triggered with a single 2 pound charge just below the cornice in 1st Bowl. Width wise it went from Main Street to the 2nd Alley and went below the rope closure at the bottom. I didn't measure the crown, but would guess it was 2-3 feet deep.

Anonymous said...

Al, Can you maybe make a post about what exactly the A Basin staff does to mitigate avalanches and all the hard work that they put into keeping the mountain safe

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to the packing program you built years ago? Pali is down to dirt now and now you rely on starting over. I dont get it. The Pali run is an epic, and you are letting it rot?

Anonymous said...

Al - Thank you for more information on the slide! Sounds like it was a good slide. I did hear there was an epic slide a number years back that slide to the road? I think you were doing avalanche mitigation at the end of the year. Is that true, if so do you have a video?

Thanks for keeping everyone safe. People do not realize how much work goes into keeping inbounds skiing safe.

Chris W. said...

Well It's kind of hard to tell from just the web cams, but it kind of looks like while Monday's set-up was bigger than advertised, Tuesday night/Wednesday morning's "main event" was a bit of a let down. At any rate, I'd rather be there than here. I just hope some ropes will drop soon.

Next time you guys bomb Pali, can we have the cameras rolling? ;)

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure nothing is rotting but our society. People going nuts over ski runs when the rest of the world and society is in trouble.

Reality checks sometimes are needed for some people

Anonymous said...

/\. This bank ain't cashing your reality check