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FY'allsI: it's called a "wet avalanche."

See any avy text for more info. 



On Mar 5, 2012, at 12:10 PM, Brian Waters <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I imagine getting hit by one of those would be sort of akin to the
> 'ole Austin Powers steamroller joke:
> 
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLlUgilKqms
> 
> - BW
> 
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> On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM, Skip King
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I'm no avy expert, but I know first hand that that type of avalanche is
>> fairly common in the Alps.  Has to do with super-saturated, heavy snowpack
>> and when it lets go it takes EVERYTHING, right down to the soil.  We're
>> talking about VERY heavy snow that's moving on a surface with a lot more
>> friction than your typical slab avalanche.  Also, the area at the bottom of
>> that lift had a lot less pitch than the terrain above it, so it's fair to
>> say it was slowing down by the time it got to the lift.  But obviously,
>> between mass of the snow and the speed it was going, there was still ample
>> force to take down the portal of that lift.
>> 
>> A few years back I went on a backcountry route in the Haute Savoie, and the
>> lower elevations of that route were downright terrifying for this very
>> reason.  To exit the route we crossed several recent slide paths, having to
>> traverse snow boulders the size of small cars.  You could smell the raw
>> earth.  It was very slow going, and at first I was thinking "God help me if
>> another one comes while I'm trying to work my way through this."  Then I
>> realized that crossing these boulder fields was probably the safest place to
>> be, in that the snow above them had already slid.  It was the places where
>> it HADN'T slid that were the scariest.  I couldn't get out of there fast
>> enough.
>> 
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