Thanks to Grant Gunderson, Unofficial Networks readers get a look into what the fuss was all about this month in the North West. With Mount Bakers getting up to 110 inches in one week, and avalanche dangers being in the 'black' things we're getting pretty crazy. Here are a few photos by Gunderson who had the chance to photograph some of the results of the Mount Baker Helicopter avalanche control.

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Amazing 13-15' Avalanche Crown Photos | Mount Baker Avalanche Control | Grant Gunderson Photography

Thanks to Grant Gunderson, Unofficial Networks readers get a look into what the fuss was all about this month in the North West. With Mount Bakers getting up to 110 inches in one week, and avalanche dangers being in the ‘black’ things we’re getting pretty crazy. Here are a few photos by Gunderson who had the chance to photograph some of the results of the Mount Baker Helicopter avalanche control.

Imagine the amount of snow that this avalanche would have carried down the hill. Luckily this was planned so there was no risk of having someone being caught in it. I sure wouldn’t feel comfortable standing where he is…

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

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

 

20 comments
  • David

    based on the last photo of the “Shuksan arm” it looks like this thing wrapped around the entire bowl and fractured along numerous aspects. i’ve never seen anything like that along so many aspects. crazy.

  • Anonymous

    Good thing unofficial also posted a movie of guys bc skiing this on the same day. Total freaking morons you lot.

  • Scotty

    You must not ride at Baker very much. The area that slid is not called hemispheres. Hemispheres is another slackcountry zone. The area that slid is the Shuksan arm that leads over to Mt. Shuksan. The arm receives no avalanche control work, it was a natural releasing slide, which occurred in the early morning before the ski area opened. The slide then prompted the ski area to remain closed for the day. I’m pretty damn sure that baker doesn’t use helicopters to do its avi control work either. All done by pro patrol on skis. Get your info correct!

    • Eric Behn

      It’s true, I don’t ski baker as much as I would like to. All of the info in our article was take from the photographers personal blog. The final photo was not from the heli ava control which I did a poor job of indicating. But the first three are of a different zone than the last which were controlled avalanches create by the Mt Baker Ski Patrol via a helicopter according to Grant Gunderson. Two different slides here, so were both wrong and right on different measures. Just enjoy the photos.

    • Chill out douchebag

      You can always tell someone that thinks they are smarter than they are or aren’t right very often because they jump at every opportunity to correct someone. “you must not ride baker very much.” “get your info correct.” blahblahblah

  • Chris

    Not to dig up an old thread, but I was searching for Grant’s photos of this slide event and came across this. Hemispheres is bracketed by the ski area all its northern aspects, and it is minimally avie controlled to protect the runs that it effects. This slide did in fact spill into The Canyon trail. The fourth photo is of the Shuksan Arm, to the east of the resort, where the nearest slope was triggered sympathetically by avalanche control work near the top of Chair 8. If I remember things correctly, the Shuksan Arm event prompted the ski area to use a helicopter to aggressively bomb Hemispheres, resulting in the slide that ran out into The Canyon trail and created that monstrous crown.

    Sorry Scotty and others – occasional Mt Baker does utilize helicopters and does do control work on backcountry terrain that may effect the in-bounds area.

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