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

Helicopter Bombing on the Shuksan arm and Hemispheres

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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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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.