Here are pictures Chris took that kinda show the sequence of what happened one avalanche control morning.


Telemetry data from the previous 24 hours:  Wind speeds & directions, precipitation amounts and intensity, and temperatures, etc.  



5:30am Data Analysis:  The Snow Safety Director finalizes that day’s avalanche control plan.



5:50am Morning Meeting:  Briefing the crew on that morning’s plan.



Daybreak Field Prep:  Getting hand charges ready.  (photo lightened for clarity)



Patrick drops a charge into a cornice’s sweet spot



90 seconds later, Success!  Hazard and difficult bowl-entry mitigated*.




Patrick kick-turns to get a good look at the crown (fracture) of a slab avalanche started by a hand charge he threw from higher up on the ridge.


Check back!  We hope to add a little more "story" to go along with these pictures when we get time–hopefully in a few days! 



* Keep in mind that mitigated means lessened, not eliminated.   Small pockets of avalanche hazard can remain after control work so use good snow sense when traveling in avalanche terrain:  Carry a shovel, probe, and transceiver that you’re proficient in using, and keep a partner (who has the same equipment and skills) in sight.









  1. Lift Op #6

    Thanks to the Ski Patrol @ Crystal Mt, 2,600 acres of pure bliss skiing is open 99.9% of the time. You guys work hard, so thanks from all the Lift Ops for your support and help.
    Lift Op #6


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