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by raisingarizona
December 12th, 2011, 7:43 am
Forum: Teaming Up - Finding a Backcountry Partner
Topic: New to AZ, need snow...
Replies: 2
Views: 4263

Re: New to AZ, need snow...

Here's a slide show of the AZ backcountry skiing. It can be good, sometimes real good and the terrain ain't too shabby.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kgs9hDx ... ature=plcp
by raisingarizona
December 9th, 2011, 8:31 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Some other things to think about...
Replies: 1
Views: 3068

Re: Some other things to think about...

It's probably comparable to what N. Core and Fremont were looking like. It sounds as if it's the same story all over north American rocky mountain ski country.
by raisingarizona
December 5th, 2011, 4:17 pm
Forum: Snowpack and avalanche observations
Topic: Early Season Conditions - Don't be caught off guard
Replies: 6
Views: 4353

Re: Early Season Conditions - Don't be caught off guard

These cold temps right now and expected for the next few days will be helping further development of facet growth. I skied today in bounds at the Bowl and it was very fun! But......the snow was light with very little base below the new and what was there I thought felt pretty rotten on those north f...
by raisingarizona
December 4th, 2011, 8:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: conditions in upper bowl
Replies: 2
Views: 2291

Re: conditions in upper bowl

Skiing carefully is not much fun. Waiting on rocky areas to develop a base of at least 40 to 50 inches is a rule I have learned to follow or knowing exactly where everything was before the last storm and having a supportable old layer below the new. Seeing these pictures of skiing in UB with such de...
by raisingarizona
December 4th, 2011, 6:58 pm
Forum: Snowpack and avalanche observations
Topic: Early Season Conditions - Don't be caught off guard
Replies: 6
Views: 4353

Re: Early Season Conditions - Don't be caught off guard

A lot of times the bowl gets stripped pretty clean but pockets such as N. Core or N. Fremont get loaded or at least they hold onto what they have. It's hard ever saying for sure on the peaks tho without watching closely and exploring. Hopefully soon enough.
by raisingarizona
December 4th, 2011, 3:34 pm
Forum: Snowpack and avalanche observations
Topic: Early Season Conditions - Don't be caught off guard
Replies: 6
Views: 4353

Re: Early Season Conditions - Don't be caught off guard

This is a good post. Often the first storms that you can actually start riding in create some of the sketchiest conditions of the season. Does anyone know how much snow was still sitting up on the high north faces before this storm started last Thursday? I would think that this would be the only asp...
by raisingarizona
November 30th, 2011, 7:15 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Who's getting Stoked?!?
Replies: 28
Views: 18261

Re: Who's getting Stoked?!?

Fingers crossed! I sure am ready, I got new skis last year and I think I only had one real ski day on them.

Here is a quick clip from ten years ago to get ya fired up!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1oXK5G3 ... ideo_title
by raisingarizona
November 20th, 2011, 4:06 pm
Forum: Outta-bounds (and other questions)
Topic: Winter ascent of the 6 AZ highpoints
Replies: 6
Views: 4536

Re: Winter ascent of the 6 AZ highpoints

Willy wrote:The tundra on the peaks is closed to non-over-snow foot travel off of designated trails.


Thanks Willy, I'll take note of that! Can we get that memo sent out to the coyotes, deer, and bears?
by raisingarizona
November 18th, 2011, 3:34 pm
Forum: Outta-bounds (and other questions)
Topic: Winter ascent of the 6 AZ highpoints
Replies: 6
Views: 4536

Re: Winter ascent of the 6 AZ highpoints

It's totally doable. From town tho......not me. For some other guy (you maybe) sure. I am more attracted to the peaks connect during the summer/fall on foot. I like the idea of starting at Lockett and connecting the whole IB ridge line as one day hike. I know of a few people that have done this but ...
by raisingarizona
November 14th, 2011, 6:16 pm
Forum: Outta-bounds (and other questions)
Topic: First Avalanche Fatality 2011-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 3824

Re: First Avalanche Fatality 2011-2012

The skier killed was famous LCC big air skier Jaime Pierre.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YWbgYyGX7g
by raisingarizona
November 14th, 2011, 5:48 pm
Forum: Outta-bounds (and other questions)
Topic: First Avalanche Fatality 2011-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 3824

Re: First Avalanche Fatality 2011-2012

The point is you don't need to get buried to die in an avalanche.[/quote] Yep, you sure don't need to get buried. I have felt the force and power of a big slide and it will crush and break you against anything you hit. Trees below a questionable line scare me WAY more then being on a line with an op...
by raisingarizona
November 13th, 2011, 12:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 11/11/11
Replies: 2
Views: 2319

Re: 11/11/11

Nice work Splitboarder. Snow looks nice!
by raisingarizona
November 5th, 2011, 9:08 pm
Forum: Outta-bounds (and other questions)
Topic: new trails being cut
Replies: 43
Views: 23460

Re: new trails being cut

The new upper Lave/Volcano trail is going to be the best run on the mountain. I was hoping it would as wide as the trail below midway catwalk but whatever. Personally I thought those trees in there kinda sucked, too tight for letting em really rip. They remind me of skiing in Vermont, some good line...
by raisingarizona
October 23rd, 2011, 9:30 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Who's getting Stoked?!?
Replies: 28
Views: 18261

Re: Who's getting Stoked?!?

Here is a quick shot of Flag local Paige Heller riding out a slide in the Jackson back country from about ten years ago. She did stand up and ski right out of this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl3y086Q ... ure=relmfu
by raisingarizona
October 4th, 2011, 7:22 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Who's getting Stoked?!?
Replies: 28
Views: 18261

Who's getting Stoked?!?

It's starting to feel like fall around here and man I'm getting all fired up. La Nina? Meh. I don't want to get all crazy with predictions and jinx us so I'm going to shut up now but getting stoked none the less. What say you?
by raisingarizona
March 2nd, 2011, 5:33 pm
Forum: Snowpack and avalanche observations
Topic: IB Tour with Rumor of an Avalanche
Replies: 9
Views: 6404

Re: IB Tour with Rumor of an Avalanche

Hey that does look pretty steep, I have to admit I'm not very experienced with Fremont. Good fresh snow on those lines makes me a little nervous. There are a few lines on CR that offer up some quality 50+ sustained pitches. There are a few lines I have seen that would need a snowboard or very short ...
by raisingarizona
March 2nd, 2011, 5:25 pm
Forum: Snowpack and avalanche observations
Topic: Telemark Slide
Replies: 7
Views: 6366

Re: Telemark Slide

I think thats the same corner that took a skier on a ride last year. Every year that I have skied here Telemark goes big. It seems to cross load and top load into there and that skiers left corner acts kind of like a catchers mitt I think. Another spot that slides a lot is off that first peak toward...
by raisingarizona
March 2nd, 2011, 12:29 am
Forum: Snowpack and avalanche observations
Topic: Telemark Slide
Replies: 7
Views: 6366

Re: Telemark Slide

It looks like things were getting pretty warm by the way the debris is sitting. Turns look nice!
by raisingarizona
March 2nd, 2011, 12:24 am
Forum: Snowpack and avalanche observations
Topic: IB Tour with Rumor of an Avalanche
Replies: 9
Views: 6404

Re: IB Tour with Rumor of an Avalanche

52 degrees? Really? Was it all of 10 or 15 feet long? Hard to believe 52 on Freemont other then a convex roll of a windload or snow build over a cliff band.
by raisingarizona
February 26th, 2011, 7:51 pm
Forum: Outta-bounds (and other questions)
Topic: One Use/Ride Lift Ticket ??
Replies: 9
Views: 5280

Re: One Use/Ride Lift Ticket ??

Either way, thanks for trying BJ. As you have mentioned if enough people express their interest and concerns with the Forrest service maybe we could make something happen. On that note the Coconino National Forest is having a Plan Revision meeting this Monday, March 1st at the Radisson Woodlands Hot...
by raisingarizona
February 26th, 2011, 7:37 pm
Forum: Outta-bounds (and other questions)
Topic: One Use/Ride Lift Ticket ??
Replies: 9
Views: 5280

Re: One Use/Ride Lift Ticket ??

Well how about just having a one ride sample ticket. As courtesy to ASB's guests to sample that days conditions at the ski area to see if they really want to spend the full amount on an all day lift ticket? I would love to "sample" the conditions at the ski area while skinning across Upper...
by raisingarizona
February 25th, 2011, 9:13 pm
Forum: Outta-bounds (and other questions)
Topic: One Use/Ride Lift Ticket ??
Replies: 9
Views: 5280

Re: One Use/Ride Lift Ticket ??

I'm guessing there may be a concern with liability, as in by offering a one ride ticket a judge may see it as the Snowbowl would be promoting bc skiing and could be held accountable for someones accident out there. Maybe that's the concern, I don't know. I would think an easy remedy would be to just...
by raisingarizona
February 22nd, 2011, 10:28 pm
Forum: Outta-bounds (and other questions)
Topic: discussion on stability
Replies: 16
Views: 9147

Re: discussion on stability

I guess I always thought that well-developed faceted growth as a base layer can lead to instability in the pack. Of course snow/wind load is always a concern after the storm. I'm trying to be modest here because there's always something to learn. Well your totally right, but usually after 5 or 6 we...
by raisingarizona
February 22nd, 2011, 7:05 pm
Forum: Outta-bounds (and other questions)
Topic: discussion on stability
Replies: 16
Views: 9147

Re: discussion on stability

I was actually saying the same thing that BJ said. New snow/ wind load are the key factors to look for, not deep buried suspect layers. I guess I just thought it was a no brainer, my bad.
by raisingarizona
February 21st, 2011, 1:03 pm
Forum: Outta-bounds (and other questions)
Topic: discussion on stability
Replies: 16
Views: 9147

Re: discussion on stability

I still don't know what layer you are talking about. There may be some faceted snow on north faces against the ground but after the 5 or so weeks of dry and some very warm weather I would guess it's not an issue. There are no absolute answers for your question, no magic numbers etc., it doesn't work...

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