|Peak:||Maroon Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Bell Cord Couloir|
|Posted By:||Cool Hand Luke|
|Date of Info:||03/05/2014|
Maroon Bells and Pyramid from the summit of Highland Peak. The Bell Cord looked like it has not had a slide since the last storm cycle. Based on the conditions of the Highlands Bowl (12,162 ft) this would put around 16" of new snow that did not seem to bond well to the existing pack.
The storm deposited large wind slabs on east-facing aspects. Skiing in bounds at Highlands we set off a small sluff slide even after extensive avalanche bombing. Highlands Ski Patrol spent several hours bombing the bowl area that specific day.
Note the natural slide in the foreground.
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