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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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Author: Grant Gunderson

One of the ski industry’s most dedicated photographers, Grant founded The Ski Journal where he served as Photo Editor for over six years. In addition to curating his passion for the mountains, he has shot for every major snow sports and outdoor publications worldwide including ESPN, Outside, FHM, Backcountry, Aka Skidor, Fri Flyt, Skiing and Kootenay Mountain Culture. He currently serves as a Senior Photographer for Powder Magazine and is Photo Emeritus of The Ski Journal. From Iceland to Patagonia, Grant routinely produces unique deep powder imagery and authentically documents the lifestyle and culture of skiing. Beyond his editorial work, Grant’s work is featured in ongoing marketing campaigns with respected outdoor brands such as Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, Patagonia and Salomon. He skis close to 200 days a year and when he is not on snow you can find him on his bike or trekking throughout North America and beyond.