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Mother Nature's Hoar (Part 2)

Following up on last week's report of the potential of depth hoar, we took and research to the steep and deep back in Mount Jefferson to see first-hand what kind of base was developing in the snow. Just as we related last week, there was a weak layer of snow that has a potential of being a problem throughout the winter. Any west facing ridge also was blown clean by the wind, leaving a very thin layer of snow covering the ground and exposing rocks.

There was good snow on north-facing slopes above 7,500 feet elevation. This made for good riding. But it's obvious the area needs much more snow depth.

Until we get more snow, riding at best is marginal. However, once we get the snow, we need to pay attention to that weak layer of snow that can cause potential slab slides.

A lot will depend on when we get snow, how much snow falls, and the composition of the snow (moisture content) before we know if Mother Nature will solve her depth hoar problem. Until then, be patient, smart and safe.


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Ryan Harris Blog

Snow Fronts ... (Industry Headlines)

Ski-Doo, Kuster Launch Riding Camp

Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Carl Kuster have joined forces in creating a new riding camp designed to deliver an unparalleled mountain snowmobiling experience. Riders will have the chance to try the latest Ski-Doo technology from BRP, learn from recognized backcountry experts and hone their riding skills while having a great time in the deep powder snow of British Columbia.

With two spectacular locations offering riding that ranges from big meadows of fresh powder to play in to super technical steep-and-deep inclines and even unique glacier areas, the camp has something for everyone and every ability. Classes offered will be one, two or three days long for skill levels from intermediate to expert. Attendees can bring their own sled or rent a state-of-the-art Summit at a special rate.
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Preorder "Bucky's: Stories and Recollections" Book Now

A new book is in the works, highlighting a Polaris dealership in the small Wyoming town of Pinedale and the families who have made it into one of the best and most-respected snowmobile and four-wheeler dealerships anywhere.

"Bucky's: Stories and Recollections," is "A tribute to a family's half-century of hard-nosed perseverance, how one man's determination to provide for his family became a small town legacy where people help people, new friendships are formed and God's light shines every day in the small things," according to a release announcing the book.
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La Niña Expected to Bring Snow

With a second year of La Niña expected to bring above-average snow and excellent conditions, Togwotee Mountain Lodge is offering a No Snow No Go Guarantee—promising guests a refund if inadequate snowfall prevents riders from getting to the best areas.*

"Last year, La Niña brought more than 55 feet of snowfall to our backyard, five feet above average," Paula Beck, director of sales and marketing for Togwotee Mountain Lodge, said. "Togwotee Mountain Lodge is geared up for another great year of mountain snowmobiling which will only be made better by La Niña. We're so confident in this year's pristine conditions that we will refund or reschedule trips up to seven days before arrival if conditions are not met.”
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Forum Snow Balls...

Here are the top posts on the SnoWest Forums for the past few days.

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When Life Slides Out... Tuesday Dec. 13th 2011

2012 pro in action

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