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Verbier 4 Vallées 2020/21

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Very sad for all involved. RIP
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From Xavier de le Rue who was there
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Gut-wrenching. RIP.
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@BobinCH, thanks for posting; I was about to do the same having spotted it just now on insta. He explains the situation clearly and succinctly. Very sad Sad .
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Very very sad, and one can’t imagine the situation he was was put in finding his friend fatally injured. Would appear also to put to rest the notion that it was unprepared riders ‘chasing lines’, the likes of which was suggested somewhere on the forum the other day. Would appear that in this case they were experts, who did everything as they should and were simply unlucky.
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very sobering that he would also have done that route, and he'd never seen that slide in his time before.
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Eeesh more slides today in Rock Garden. Helis circling. Doesn’t look good. Super delicate conditions out there. The Westerly has put some big slabs on those east facing slopes...
And the mother of all storms coming this week
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@BobinCH, sad

How’s the ankle? Perhaps a good time for a break!!
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https://www.lenouvelliste.ch/articles/valais/valais-central/avalanche-de-nendaz-un-guide-valaisan-decede-1035225

Another tragedy in Verbier today
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@BobinCH, sad

How’s the ankle? Perhaps a good time for a break!!


Not too bad thanks. Managed a few hours with the kids. Backside looking sketchy as


Toblerone


Mont Gelé is open

http://youtube.com/v/fz9CAyWzpig
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Full send Cool

http://youtube.com/v/GSDQeR384aE

Chamoille last run of the day


No fear of the tree stumps Very Happy

http://youtube.com/v/niWH6T5ctvg

Moon


Light
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After my daily self flagellation of looking at the webcams, I thought I'd click on the meteo suisse link, 50-80cm forecast for Thyon in the next three days. Enjoy the weekend Bob and any one else who can get some turns in. Stay safe.
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A big slab skiers right of Mont Fort this morning...


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Another one - Mont Gelé South face after it was bombed. Look at those 2 (even 3) distinct slab layers down to the rocks Shocked
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They have put that piste in much higher than in previous years, it used to start on the slight hump that is catching the light...I wonder why.
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Easier for the patrollers to get to the broken skiers?
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And according to snow forecast it’s due to snow consistently, excluding Sunday, into next week. With high winds. Though snow forecast do seem to always come out on the high side of what actually happens.

Those sketchy layers are likely to claim a few more.
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I just got three alerts from MeteoSwiss. Note up to a metre of snow expected above 1800m and winds up to 130 km/h above 2000m

Avalanches Level 4
Severe Hazard
Wed 27 Jan 17:00 - Thu 28 Jan 18:00

Snow Level 3
Significant Hazard
- expected amounts: above 1400m 20-60cm, above 1800cm 60-100cm*
- peak phase: Thu 06:00-18:00, Fri 03:00-15:00
- intensifying conditions accompanies by winds at gale force

Wind Level 2
Moderate hazard
- Highest wind gusts in exposed Locations: Above 2000m 100-130 Km/h
- Main wind direction: West to North-west
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@BobinCH, after all these years are there still lines in Verbier you want to ski but haven’t yet?
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Guernseyfreerider wrote:
@BobinCH, after all these years are there still lines in Verbier you want to ski but haven’t yet?


Yep still plenty of lines on my list - Rogneux, poubelle, Mont Fort couloir, kamikaze, couloirs above barrage de Cleuson, Jumbo diagonal couloir, Petit Combin North Face, Combin de Valsorey to name a few. They all have difficult access so not sure we’ll get to them this year in these delicate conditions...
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@BobinCH, Yeah it looks really dodgy. I know someone who did the North Face of Petit Combin on a heli trip but I think they had to literally beg their guide to let them go, meant to be amazing. Look forward to seeing you tick off the list when conditions allow snowHead
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A lot of snow has fallen. That’s nigh on 80cm in 3 days at Lac de Vaux but avi 4 and has just turned from snow to rain in Verbier village Crying or Very sad
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Guernseyfreerider wrote:
@BobinCH, Yeah it looks really dodgy. I know someone who did the North Face of Petit Combin on a heli trip but I think they had to literally beg their guide to let them go, meant to be amazing. Look forward to seeing you tick off the list when conditions allow snowHead


Yep that one’s a heli-assisted route. Check out the Combin de Valsorey - it’s the one that Jeremie Heitz almost loses it in La liste.
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A day for sticking to the pistes!
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No ones touched the couloirs yet but people have gone straight into Creblet Shocked
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@BobinCH, do you think that incident might lead to them thinking of bombing very popular off piste areas like that, US style?

I mean you'd have to think that an argument could be made for St Anton, Verbier and Chamonix to bomb some of the most popular areas (if they are inclined to slide), obviously with a view to making things safer but it could also be marketed as a new approach to off piste skiing

Albeit that could ruin the fun for existing freeriders

I presume Grand Couloir in 3vs is bombed for instance, or maybe it doesn't slide due to moguls
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I've never, ever, seen Mt Gele carrying that much snow
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Playing with fire Shocked
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The distance of that debris run out is huge
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Holy poo-poo
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8611 wrote:
@BobinCH, do you think that incident might lead to them thinking of bombing very popular off piste areas like that, US style?...

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I presume Grand Couloir in 3vs is bombed for instance, or maybe it doesn't slide due to moguls


The Saulire couloirs are controlled because they sit above (and sometimes slide onto) the red run below).

My understanding is in France currently avalanche control work is only aimed at protecting pistes/roads/buildings/infrastructure (and possibly there are regs around this).
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Playing with fire Shocked


Skier-triggered?

(If so then words fail me... Do people think they are skiing in a different winter to the one that has already claimed lives in the general vicinity??)
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BobinCH wrote:
Playing with fire Shocked


Skier-triggered?

(If so then words fail me... Do people think they are skiing in a different winter to the one that has already claimed lives in the general vicinity??)


Yep 2 of them skiing this notorious couloir

Ski patrol were remarkably restrained with him...
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@BobinCH, in which case, on reflection, words don't fail me, but the words that I have aren't suitable for public consumption...
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the rest of the face looks pretty tracked out too Shocked
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the rest of the face looks pretty tracked out too Shocked


Everything was tracked out today, despite the avi 4 level. The place was crawling with day trippers coming up from Le Châble. Saw several people entering the couloir zones without even a backpack Shocked
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@BobinCH, Yikes, I’ve skied in Creblet on a level 2 day and a snowboarder triggered a slide above us, thankfully no one injured or buried on that occasion. These mountains demand respect all of the time.
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Holy poo-poo those slides are big! - Just saw Xavier de La Rue's post on instagram but seeing them in HD on a big screen is just numbing!
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Holy poo-poo those slides are big! - Just saw Xavier de La Rue's post on instagram but seeing them in HD on a big screen is just numbing!


Yep his posts are really good, and he has a massive following so hopefully it has some effect. Post and pics here:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CKwZ3_MBS14/?igshid=1fc52rvtjhedq

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