Loveland Pass 5 Snowboarders RIP

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Loveland Pass 5 Snowboarders RIP

by Sarah Simon » Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:34 am

Snow conditions were sketchy this weekend... I hoped not to hear news like this. Thoughts and prayers to friend, family, first responders. This is the stuff of nightmares...

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/lo ... eland-pass
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Re: Loveland Pass 5 Snowboarders RIP

by mconnell » Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:56 pm

Agreed. Very sad. They certainly made several mistakes, but it's still sad.

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Re: Loveland Pass 5 Snowboarders RIP

by 96avs01 » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:43 pm

A terrible event indeed. Lots of positive vibes to the family and friends of the victims.

I would suggest we hold off on the 'arm-chair' assessment of the events until more details are known. Sounds like the group were very experienced, including one backcountry guide.

http://xgames.espn.go.com/article/9196383/colorado-authorities-identify-5-riders-killed-loveland-pass-avalanche

Avalanche terrain travel is about minimizing risks, not eliminating them. I would hope that based on their experience their decisions and the associated risks were understood prior to execution.

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Re: Loveland Pass 5 Snowboarders RIP

by pvnisher » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:18 am

Similarities to the group avalanche at Stevens Pass in 2012. Many experienced people, some very experienced (2 guides), in a community/media event.
Outside magazine published a good article last year about how sometimes being in a group with high competence and experience can sometimes increase danger since you assume that "oh, that guy would surely say something", and simultaneously not wanting to be the one to speak up and be a killjoy.
http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/snow-sports/Tunnel-Vision-November-2012.html?page=all

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Re: Loveland Pass 5 Snowboarders RIP

by 96avs01 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:51 am

NYT did a great piece on the Tunnel Creek incident as well:

http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek

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Re: Loveland Pass 5 Snowboarders RIP

by rockthrowjoe » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:03 pm

From the reports it sounds as if they were just traversing across the slope below the release point when it happened. I'm not sure how far below they were when the slide occurred.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_23084012/colorado-avalanche-turns-mellow-day-into-desperate-dig-life?source=pkg

I've created a couple of maps showing the outline of the avalanche w/ slope angles on the satellite photos and topo maps.
CAIC outline of avalanche.
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Satellite View w/ avalanche outline and slope angles. (See attachment below for color bar scale.)
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Re: Loveland Pass 5 Snowboarders RIP

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