massive Beaver slide

By Jim Stanford on February 11, 2014

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Beaver Mountain in Hoback Canyon.

What, you were expecting this?

While many people were oohing and aahing about a slow-mo wet slide that oozed into an Italian village, a cataclysmic avalanche occurred over the weekend much closer to home, on the east side of Beaver Mountain.

The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center reported last night that a 6-foot-deep slab released and ran 3,100 vertical feet. The center described it as “R5/D5 sized.” That’s a really big droid.

The slide reportedly carved out a new path, destroying hundreds of trees and piling debris 40 feet deep. “The air blast ran further than the debris and snapped trees estimated to be 150 years old,” the center reported.

Not to be confused with a small ski hill in northern Utah (slogan: Ski the Beav!), Beaver Mountain is located east of Hoback Junction. It is skied from time to time by Hoback locals, one of whom phoned in the report to the avalanche center. Motorists have been pulling over in Hoback Canyon to gaze at the site.

Despite its prodigious size, the avalanche was only the second-scariest news of late involving beavers.

(Photo by Phil H)

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6 Comments so far

  1. Yukon Cornelius February 11, 2014 6:54 pm

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

  2. jeremy m February 12, 2014 9:39 am

    that wet slide is crazy to watch though the real reason i wanted to post was to say……
    Go Heels!!!

  3. Ja Mokey February 12, 2014 9:42 am

    ^^^^^ I was just gunna say that.

  4. Jim Stanford February 12, 2014 11:05 am

    Jeremy, I was thinking of you this morning, too.
    http://www.jhunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Dean_Dome.jpg

  5. jd February 16, 2014 2:23 pm

    any pics of this yet?

  6. Jim Stanford February 18, 2014 9:05 am

    No, I haven’t seen any. A friend who is a professional photographer stopped at the site to observe but did not shoot any pics because he was tired and on his way home from a long trip.

    Skinny Skis has a shot of a massive slide down Sheep Gulch in the Snake River Canyon last weekend: https://www.facebook.com/131327351501/photos/a.159273131501.128555.131327351501/10151881149381502/?type=1&theater

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