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Posted: Jun 30, 2005 - 2:52 PM GMT

Anyone know what ski resorts are still open for turns?

I'm sure A-Basin probably still is and I know that Mammoth is. Anyone know of anywhere else? (Besides mt. hood)
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Posted: Jun 30, 2005 - 3:03 PM GMT

Snowbird until Monday, other than that.. who knows! but I want to go!!


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Posted: Jun 30, 2005 - 3:29 PM GMT

A Basin closed June 5. It's:

Mammoth (12-36", 20 trails, 4 lifts)
Timberline (72", 2 lifts)
and Snowbird.

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Posted: Jun 30, 2005 - 5:38 PM GMT
Edited: Jun 30, 2005 - 5:44 PM GMT

Yeah, A-Basin closed early due to two reasons:
  • construction at the base (contractors wouldn't work unless the place was closed); and
  • an in-bounds avalanche that killed a skier

The avalanche was a doozy: massive slab break due to a warm weather spell in mid-May. The area where the avalanche took place was still open, and was deemed safe by the patrol earlier that day.

TGR has a thread with some pictures of the slide - click here to read it. I've attached one of the more telling pictures to this post.

Additionally, the central Rockies didn't get nearly the amount of snow that the southern Rockies, Tahoe, the Sierras and the Wasatch received this past winter.

And Snowbird will close at just about the right time, as the melt has been really strong over the past two weeks. The skiing should be good, if very sloppy.

As far as Timberline is concerned, their summer will be poor in relation to a normal snow year. Most areas in the Cascades had very short seasons this year, with many resorts opening late in the season due to warm weather and a lack of snow. The available terrain at Timberline is about 50 percent of what would normally be open at this point in the year. A lot of race camps have scaled back their operations due to the lack of snowpack, and some have even cancelled (Rowmark Summer Ski Camps, for example).
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Posted: Jun 30, 2005 - 5:54 PM GMT

I'd not heard of that slide before. It seems unusual: since it's in-bounds you'd think the area would have been skier compacted. And no snow on the trees suggests it was not new snow related. From the looks of the rubble, it was a wet slide. Must have had no over night refreezes and a big warmup.

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Posted: Jun 30, 2005 - 9:13 PM GMT
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The avalanche was a doozy: massive slab break due to a warm weather spell in mid-May. The area where the avalanche took place was still open, and was deemed safe by the patrol earlier that day.



The TGR thread seems to indicate that the area of the slide, while still inbounds, was closed off by the mountain at the time of the accident. AHhh, but upon further readings...songfta seems to be correct..it occurred in an open area.

Either way..totally whacky..i've skied those runs myself years back when i was at the basin...

I'm surprised news of this slide did not make it an SJ thread.

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Posted: Jun 30, 2005 - 9:20 PM GMT

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I'm surprised news of this slide did not make it an SJ thread.


surprised and disappointed
That was BIG ski related news and I didn't even catch it.




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Posted: Jun 30, 2005 - 9:44 PM GMT

I am NOT surprised that news of this slide did not reach SJ.com.

There is still so much antagosium directed towards anything that does not concern a narrowly defined New England.

There's a whole world out there.
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Posted: Jun 30, 2005 - 10:10 PM GMT

Easy there- I for one rely on the SJ West Crew to keep me informed on what's going on out there. No antagonism here- give me more!
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Posted: Jun 30, 2005 - 10:42 PM GMT

while the board is focused mostly on the east (after all it is the NElsap forum...), i have not sensed any ill will towards west coast topics or discussion and several active members on the SJ forums are west coasters. most folks in new england are not concerned with avalanches because they almost never occur in bounds and relatively few new england skiers go places where avalanches are a concern in new england. however, most cases of people dieing in bounds are discussed here as on other forums. this one just slipped under the radar and i am surprised at the surprise others feel. why didn't you guys post about it here?

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Posted: Jul 01, 2005 - 2:31 AM GMT

abasin did not close due to the avalanche, they were going to close on june 5 regardless. they are doing construction to the base area.

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Posted: Jul 01, 2005 - 3:35 AM GMT

Wasn't there a lot of backlash due to the level of trash and other waste/health issues with the perennial spring "beach" in their parking lot that contributed to their early closing?
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Posted: Jul 01, 2005 - 2:57 PM GMT

Im not surpised that wasnt discussed here considering there was at least one tragic incident in Vermont this year which wasnt discussed here either...the tragedy at Stowe where a teenage girl skiid into the woods, crashed, and was found some 4-6 hours later unconscious but alive, only to succumb to her injuries a couple days later



http://forums.alpinezone.com/about2799.html&highlight=stowe



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Posted: Jul 01, 2005 - 5:00 PM GMT

I'm heading up to Timeberline (Mt. Hood) tonight for some Saturday morning turns, followed by a greasy lunch at the Huck Inn, and then much beer down in Bend. I love the northwest

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Posted: Jul 06, 2005 - 12:58 AM GMT

BJT-

Have a Black Butte Porter for me and careful driving through the reservation....

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Posted: Jul 06, 2005 - 10:10 AM GMT

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I am NOT surprised that news of this slide did not reach SJ.com.

There is still so much antagosium directed towards anything that does not concern a narrowly defined New England.

There's a whole world out there.
I found this amusing. How can you widely define New England? What that include the British Empire? Shall we go back to elementary school political geography? Futhermore, isn't the Uniform Resource Locator here a subject which specifies New England? Off Topic would be a wide definition of Lost Ski Areas in New England but many seem to think they can post about anything that includes a vague and obscur reference to skiing. Try birding in New Jersey, floods in New York or >>flamming<<.


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