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Heather Canyon Closed Thursday due to Recent Avalanche Activity

To keep our valued guests in the loop, here is some information on why Heather was closed Thursday, and will likely not be open Friday. Evaluation and Hazard Reduction are continuing.

We expect 100% compliance with our boundary lines as rope ducking will not be toleratED, and could have potentially fatal results.

 This debris field was found in the Clark and Heather Drainages Thursday morning during one of our Hazard Reduction Routes, and directly following an artillery mission.  The debris was fresh, but is unknown at this time where this avalanche actually originated from.  When the weather clears we will have a better opportunity to fully evaluate the continuing avalanche hazard.

On March 10, 2011 we experienced a major avalanche in the Canyon. Here is a link to that original blog post, and another link to the patrol investigation.


  1. PDXwrx

    March 22, 2013

    Seriously nasty. You guys need to post these more often, I saw the pics from that monster slide a couple years back and even though I didn't duck the rope as it was, that ensured I never got the inkling to do so.

    If you decide to duck the rope into Heather kids, make sure to pack a probe, beacon, and CAT bucket excavator to dig out your buddies.

    Meadows: Let's leave it at just don't duck the rope. We want to thank everyone for their cooperation. We've posted a link to the other avalanche blogs on the post above.

  2. anynewnews?

    March 24, 2013

    hey- what'd be up with our mt in the canyon ? several days & no update- ? your paying guests would like more information about our public lands ... and the details of the avi ... blog on !

    Meadows: Thanks for the question. We continue to evaluate and perform hazard reduction operations. We appreciate our guests patience and cooperation respecting our rope lines and the closed gate status of the Canyon, until it is reopened (hopefully soon!)

  3. J-roc

    March 24, 2013

    So was this a natural slide from above the permit area or a result of the howitzer? Just curious.

    Meadows: The slide did start above the ski area, most likely in Wy' East. The trigger is undetermined as it wasn't witnessed.

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