Helicopter avalanche control work resulting in a 13 ~ 15 ft crown measured by Peter "PJ" Moran

March 27, 2012
by Grant Gunderson
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Helicopter Bombing on the Shuksan arm and Hemispheres

Early last Saturday, the Mt. Baker Ski Patrol used a helicopter to do control work on the Shuksan Arm and on Hemispheres as there was significant potential for large  destructive slides to come inside the ski area.  The following images are the results of that work.  NOTE, NWAC was only issuing a rating of Moderate for Saturday.  These results prove there is a very deep and still active layer in our snow pack that may become very active when the temps start to raise. A profile of the large crown on Hemispheres showed a very hard ICY bed surface with a layer of facets above it that the slab was sitting on.  SCARY!  We measured the Hemispheres crown at 12~13 feet.  A 350 CM ruler was not long enough!

Helicopter avalanche control work resulting in a 13 ~ 15 ft crown measured by Peter "PJ" Moran
Helicopter avalanche control work resulting in a 13 ~ 15 ft crown measured by Peter "PJ" Moran

Helicopter avalanche control work resulting in a 13 ~ 15 ft crown measured by Peter "PJ" Moran

Helicopter avalanche control work resulting in a 13 ~ 15 ft crown measured by Peter “PJ” Moran
Helicopter avalanche control work resulting in a 13 ~ 15 ft crown on Hemispheres

Helicopter avalanche control work resulting in a 13 ~ 15 ft crown on Hemispheres

 

Helicopter avalanche control work resulting in a 13 ~ 15 ft crown

Helicopter avalanche control work resulting in a 13 ~ 15 ft crown

 

Helicopter avalanche control work resulting in a 13 ~ 15 ft crown

Helicopter avalanche control work resulting in a 13 ~ 15 ft crown

 

Helicopter avalanche control work on The Beast

Helicopter avalanche control work on The Beast

 

Helicopter avalanche control work on the Hollywood Spines

Helicopter avalanche control work on the Hollywood Spines

 

Helicopter avalanche control work on the Hollywood Spines

Helicopter avalanche control work on the Hollywood Spines

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March 19, 2012
by Grant Gunderson
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Last Thursday the Shuksan arm ripped huge prior to the ski area opening.  We had 110 inches in a week on top of a sun crust, followed by 2 feet or so of wet heavy snow, so the avalanche conditions where ripe.  This crown of this slide is estimated to be 10~12 feet deep.  Since rumble gully was full prior to this slide, this avalanche ran full path, and widened and extended the slide path into the ski area destroying full size timber. The photo posted on Facebook by various individuals was of the photo that I took LAST YEAR massive slide that ripped off of the Pyramid LAST YEAR.  This slide is large than the one last year and larger than the one in 98-99.

Below are the shots of this years slide:

Crown of 100 year slide on the Shuksan arm ©GrantGunderson.com

Crown of 100 year slide on the Shuksan arm ©GrantGunderson.com

 

Trees destroyed by 100 year slide on the Shuksan arm ©GrantGunderson.com

Trees destroyed by 100 year slide on the Shuksan arm ©GrantGunderson.com

 

Trees destroyed by 100 year slide on the Shuksan arm ©GrantGunderson.com

Trees destroyed by 100 year slide on the Shuksan arm ©GrantGunderson.com

Portion of the debris zone from the 100 year slide on the Shuksan arm ©GrantGunderson.com

Portion of the debris zone from the 100 year slide on the Shuksan arm ©GrantGunderson.com

 

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RIP Jamie Pierre

November 14, 2011 by Grant Gunderson | 0 comments

Jamie was an amazing individual and an even more amazing friend.  I feel very blessed that I was able to spend time with him over the years and experience his passion for skiing, life and his family first hand.  Here are a few of my favorite shots of my time spent with him over the past years

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November 8, 2011
by Grant Gunderson
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December cover of SKIING Magazine

Wow, I thought I had quite the season last year after scoring a 2-page cover of Powder magazine this September, but I think this new 2-page cover of Skiing’s December issue may top it.  This is hands down probally the best photo I have ever taken, and it was quite simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time, with a little bit of luck from Mother Nature.

December cover of Skiing Magazine

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November 4, 2011
by Grant Gunderson
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3 New Covers this week!

What a Week, 3 new covers, all in the UK, all from Mt. Baker.  Thanks Angel and KC!

Cover of the December issue of Daily Mail in the UK

Cover of Manifesto Magazine in the UKOctober cover of Daily Mail in the UKCover of the December issue of Daily Mail in the UK

 

October cover of Daily Mail in the UK

 

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