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Re: General snow stuff

Post by OddaP » Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:33 pm

^^@ brendo: went off the back of eyre up the top down the to Betts Creek drainage.skinned eastish for a decent whack following the Creek and I went up the Mt Wheatley area after that but was heavy going in the sun on the way back - it didn't compare to the 1st run which was really lovey. Was on my own so was pretty cautious. Scoped out a few more lines a few days later on a snow shoes as well that I have filed away.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by brendo » Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:29 pm

the worst thing is when you are at the top looking down trying to decide on which line to take! always a dozen options and you don't want to fark it up!
I took my daughter on a little slackcountry hike this year. made her earn some turns. she was pretty stoked when she realised the effort she put in had a bowl of untracked as a reward. no way was she letting me drop first!

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by Legion » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:28 pm

Over a metre base at village level, over 2m at the summit. A metre forecast in the next week or so.. Looks a lucky year to have picked the Alps. Fire up the helis!

Not such a good year for North America so far.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by tonks » Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:57 pm

Yeah, pretty slow start, particularly for Colorado and Utah.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by Legion » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:30 pm

Hmm, now the place I'm going in two weeks is forecast for just under a metre in the next three days and just under three in the next ten days. I'm sure the ten day forecast is as accurate as any ten day forecast and yet the models are predicting a wide ranging storm across most of the western Alps so there must be something to it. Just lucky my pick is at the epicentre of the heaviest dump.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by tonks » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:05 pm

Half your luck. Forecast is looking diabolical for where I'm headed.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by Legion » Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:14 pm

Currently next three days just under a metre, next five days just over 1.5, next ten days just under two. Europe just got pounded but the temperatures went crazy and the 0 degree isotherm went to over 3000m. There was lots of rain down low. I expect it's about as dangerous as it gets, with lots of spontaneous activity. That might limit my ability to explore, if there's an ice layer frozen in under a big pack.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by steve shearer » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:02 pm

Switzerland?
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Re: General snow stuff

Post by Legion » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:34 pm

Mont Blanc region.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by Legion » Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:57 am

Pretty insane storm. Rollercoaster temperatures have made for as dangerous a cycle as I can remember.

http://www.skipass.com/news/157729-le-c ... eanor.html

How's the last one in Saas Fee. I'd imagine dust blasts are rare in town. The wet slides everywhere too, very uncommon this time of year, or in general in town.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by Legion » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:50 am

Actually there are a few worth watching. The chairs in the Montafon are crazy but I think the most impressive (and scary) was the wet slide in Zermatt. Damn.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by tonks » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:34 pm

Pretty crazy stuff.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by tonks » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:45 am

Snow in the Sahara:
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-0 ... te/9315848

Loads more snow in the Alps too. When do you go Legion?

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by Legion » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:35 am

Two days

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by tonks » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:07 pm

What's it like on the ground, Legion?

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by alakaboo » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:07 pm

Cold and slippery.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by Legion » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:10 pm

Just overnighted in Cham. Huge avalanche activity visible is impressive. Haven't been up high yet. Cham has snow in town but it's light on depth and weathered and rain affected (i.e. slushee ice). Going higher today.

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by Legion » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:55 am

Crazy surface hoar outside our place.

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Snow up high is great. Even down to village @ ~1400m it was good enough, obviously getting icier the lower we went. Up high is still dry and sinking about 20cm above a firm base. Tracked out in obvious places, not tracked out if you look a bit.

We're about to get hammered with another big storm. Over a metre forecast but 70kt winds, so it'll be interesting to see what that does.

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