View Full Version : Avalanches 2/13

Bill O
02-14-2008, 07:12 PM
Looks like some new treeless areas near Hermit Lake after the recent avalanche cycle. Picture courtesy of the USFS


02-14-2008, 08:18 PM
Thats Hillmans. I was there on the 4th of Feb. It had just avalanched a day or two before. We climbed up the lower portion of it and looked around a bit before taking the Sherbie back down. The runout and debris was amazing. It was a HUGE slide.

Bill O
02-16-2008, 05:31 PM
From the MWN Avalanche Center:

The big winds at the end of the weekend moved all the snow waiting above treeline into eastern aspects creating a large avalanche cycle. This forced Hillman’s to throw down the royal flush as the big winner of this season’s avalanche contest. Hillman’s has demonstrated that after a several year hiatus it certainly can produce the big run when forced to play its hand. The avalanche it produced during Sunday night into Monday was the largest avalanche it has generated in decades! Many, many, many trees upwards of 80 years old were snapped off in a split second and some of which were ripped up from their roots. This event has dramatically affected the landscape in a way rarely seen by another natural event in our mountains in such a rapid way.

Very good weekend discussion here (http://www.tuckerman.org/weekend.asp)

Not all slide paths avalanche every year. In fact, it may be decades between avalanches. It appears that this years' snowpack is producing slides that haven't been seen in a generation. And the main contributing factor is not total snow, its the way it was deposited.