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January 6th, 2007, 01:50 PM #1
January 7th, 2007, 12:00 AM #2
January 7th, 2007, 08:52 AM #3
Actually the Avalanche was not near Denver - leave it to the media to sensationalize. Denver sits on the flat plains miles away from the mountains. The avalanche occurred on Berthoud pass which is way up in the mountains about 70 miles west of Denver.
We have hundreds of avalanches in the high mountains every year, but most often they are in isolated wilderness areas. Luckily no ski traffic was on the pass when the avalanche occurred - so everyone is fine.
A humorous story about avalanches....
An acquaintance of mine who guides fly fishing trips in the non winter months works on the avalanche control team with the ski patrol at Loveland ski area, which is notorious for heavy snowfall accummulation.
11 years ago, they were firing rounds from a 20mm cannon into the side of a mountain to induce an avalanche because too much snow was accummulated on a particular area of the mountain. Avalanche control units do this regularly to prevent serious snow shelf build up that eventually could cause a major avalanche.
Unfortunately, that day, their plan went awry. The shelf of snow broke lose, but also a much larger shelf higher up the mountain also broke, and an avalanche much bigger than they anticipated came thundering down bout one mile of the mountainside literally ripping trees out of the ground on its way to the ski area parking lot. Countless cars in the lot were destroyed but fortunately no one was injured. Other than a huge embarrassment to the crew working on that one - it made for a light hearted memory!
January 7th, 2007, 10:09 AM #4
In 1971 I was driving my MG down Berthoud pass after a day of skiing at Winter Park. Upon decending a hairpin curve we looked to the right and saw a car parking in a tree. There were two people in it and they rested in the branches about 15 feet above ground.
We couldn't figure out how it flew off the road and landed so high up the trees. Apparently a snow slide carried the car into the trees and left the car there as the snow disappeared down the mountainside. Prior to our arrival at the scene the snow had already been cleared by a plow. Missed another great photo op.~Ernie
January 7th, 2007, 10:46 AM #5
January 7th, 2007, 11:47 AM #6
Originally Posted by erninator
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- January 18th, 2005
- Colorado River, Bullhead City AZ
While coming from work at the Berthoud Falls Cafe and No tell Motel, Poopie Nubert cruising his 1966 Delta 88 sedan tried to maneuver a curve as he was defending the mountain and building too much speed.
Out of sheer panic he locked up the brakes and even though pumping like a madman, continued to slide towards the edge of the monster cliff at Deadman's Curb. Luckily for Poopie, all that pump-in worked as he slid to a slow stop 3 inches from the drop off to hell.
To this day it is said that this is where Poopie got his moniker. So as soon as he got down off that mountain he stopped in Georgetown, went to the local pub and relaxed for a few hours falling off the bar stool. A drop he could handle.
Recently he quit his job and moved back to California.
B. Mitchell Belding - Denver Post-it Notes
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There were stories at the time about a Disney Film Crew that had been killed from an avalanche in that same area a year or so before.
The terrain is steep, driving treacherous but the views, spectacular!
Poopies Colorado adventure #1
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