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Matt Duffy <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports <[log in to unmask]>
Date:
Mon, 6 Dec 2004 10:39:44 -0700
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Hmmm...

This one was actually pretty slow.... but I made at least a couple
turns before I realized it was moving. Really strange - the snow
directly around me wasn't breaking up and if you look closely at some
of those pictures you can see a section with minimal breakup and the
track of one of my turns is still intact - with debris piles all
around it.I think it's bizarre because I was tucking and going
straight well above where that turn currently lies. Meaning, it slid
down pretty far without crumbling up too much. I think that's why
Winter was able to make it as far down as she did. Another 10-15 feet
and she would've escaped it on her own. It was definitely a soft slab,
btw.


On Mon, 6 Dec 2004 09:28:53 -0800, steve kijak <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Not fun, the loss of control by itself really messes
> with your mind. Not suggesting a new extreme sport
> either.
>
> Personal Avy reminders:
> 1. When tumbling separate from equipment.
> 2. Start swimming to the surface.
> 3. Before stoping, create an air pocket around face
> with one hand and send the other hand up toward the
> surface.
>
> But before I fall and/or tumble I will attempt to ride
> off or ride out any avalanche, just like you did. I
> was just wondering skiing it was possible when they
> get bigger and faster.
> Steve
>
> >From:         Matt Duffy <[log in to unmask]>
> >Subject:      Re: Avalanche skiing??
>
>
> >
> >uh... it ain't fun and I don't recommend it.Put it
> this way: The odds
> >are probably better in russian roullette.
> >
> >>[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> Is it possible to ski in an avalanche?
> >>
> >> Assuming you: don't panic, keep your balance, keep
> >> your orientation in whiteout conditions etc.
> >>
> >> Matt skied off the slab he released the other day.
> I
> >> skied off or skied with a bunch of small, slow
> moving
> >> slab/slides I set off last season.
> >>
> >> So I guess the question is. Does the roiling,
> boiling
> >> snow in an avalanche have the consistency or float
> to
> >> allow you to ski it. Or after the snow reaches a
> >> certain speed does it loose float. Or like in Jaws
> do
> >> you get pulled down.
> >>
> >> Steve
>
>
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