Results 1 to 28 of 28
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    47

    Default Current Toqwotee snow conditions?

    We are leaving this Friday the 24th for a week out there. How are the current snow conditions?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    S.C.F. Wisconsin
    Posts
    673

    Default

    Way better than here. Snow in the forecast pretty much all week.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Lodi, WI
    Posts
    241

    Default Forecast

    With a winter storm warning forecast like this how can it not be good?

    SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... SNOWFALL OF 30 TO 40 INCHES IS EXPECTED
    WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. 10 TO 18 INCHES WERE
    ALREADY REPORTED IN THE TETONS AS OF 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON.

    * WIND AND VISIBILITY...WEST WINDS WILL START OUT AROUND 20 TO
    30 MPH...THEN INCREASE TO 40 TO 50 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS
    90 MPH ON THE PASSES AND HIGHER PEAKS ON WEDNESDAY. VISIBILITY
    WILL BE NEAR ZERO AT TIMES IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Freeland MI
    Posts
    71

    Default

    Were on our way out now for 5 days of riding, got a black Dmax with a John Dee sticker in the back.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outstanding in my field.
    Posts
    801

    Default

    Quoted from Togwotee Snowmobile Adventures FB page today.... "the snow. IS DEEP. went riding yesterday along the Continental Divide near Togwotee Mountain Lodge and got stuck more times than I have all year COMBINED. there is a good two foot of fresh snow. it's on the heavier side so be sure to STAY ON THAT THROTTLE! have fun out there!!!"

    I. Can. Not. Wait.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    S.C.F. Wisconsin
    Posts
    673

    Default

    Techsledder, when are you headed out?

  7. #7

    Default

    It sounds like he may already be out there. Four of us are arriving on Mar 07 thru Mar 11, we also cannot wait. If any of you guys are out there we'll be easy to find, because we are the newbies and will be diiging out all day i'm sure.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outstanding in my field.
    Posts
    801

    Default

    From this morning's BTNF Backcountry Avalanche Hazard & Weather Forecast... I guess there was a death from an Avy Burial on Grouse Mountain.

    Continental Divide Trails/Togwotee Pass
    Jackson Ranger District, POB 1689, Jackson WY 83001
    Issued: Tue February 28, 2012 6:23 AM
    G E N E R A L - A V A L A N C H E - A D V I S O R Y

    The general avalanche hazard is MODERATE this morning and will increase during the day as new snow and increasing westerly winds create new soft slabs and add weight to existing instabilities. Yesterday, a snowmobiler perished after triggering a medium sized slide while highmarking on Grouse Mountain. Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of the victim. This slide released below a cornice on a steep, east facing slope at an elevation of 9,680 feet. The avalanche had a crown depth of 30 inches, was 400 yards wide, ran 300 yards and created a deposition zone up to 15 feet. Similar slides remain possible today, and some potential persists for them to step down an additional two feet. Yesterday\342\200\231s tragic event illustrates the potential consequences of getting caught in one of these slides and caution remains warranted.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    The Keweenaw Peninsula
    Posts
    3,117

    Default

    That just sucks. We had a rider in our group trigger a small slide on Grouse last year.

    Does not sound like the season to be highmarking.

    -John

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Minnetonka MN
    Posts
    395

    Default

    The group is from the north side of the twin cities. He was waved off by a couple guys in his group. They found him after 20 minutes and people watched exactly where he was when the slide happened.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    The Keweenaw Peninsula
    Posts
    3,117

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by doo_dr View Post
    He was waved off by a couple guys in his group.
    Meaning he was told not to go, but did anyway?

    I need to add that I am not trying to be judgemental here. Regardless of if he was told not to or not, it is a tragety and my sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim. I was just interested to know more as I am heading out soon and am trying to get as much info on the situation out there right now as possible.

    -John

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outstanding in my field.
    Posts
    801

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Administrator View Post
    Does not sound like the season to be highmarking.

    -John
    Roger that.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Minnetonka MN
    Posts
    395

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Administrator View Post
    Meaning he was told not to go, but did anyway?

    I need to add that I am not trying to be judgemental here. Regardless of if he was told not to or not, it is a tragety and my sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim. I was just interested to know more as I am heading out soon and am trying to get as much info on the situation out there right now as possible.

    -John
    That is what I understand from talking to a couple people at the lodge. I agree with you on the judgemental part. Everything you do out there is dangerous in one way or another. The worst accident/incident I have seen out there was on the trail 10 years ago. The person died after sliding of the trail and falling into a wash 40'.
    Last edited by doo_dr; 02-28-2012 at 02:02 PM.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    The Keweenaw Peninsula
    Posts
    3,117

    Default

    Thanks.

    Boy, that just puts a shiver up my spine as the Grouse/Dry Lake area is one spot we like to play in.

    -John

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Lodi, WI
    Posts
    241

    Default

    The snow has been unstable all year due to the early season conditions. With the recent snow and wind there is unstable snowpack with weight on top of it just waiting to slide. This slide happened on a slope that is known to be unstable and slides frequently. This is a terrible event for all people involved and my condolences go out to family and friends of the victim. Everyone needs to be extremely careful this season.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Itasca, IL
    Posts
    125

    Default

    Definintely not the season to be highmarking. I was out there last week with our group. We were nearby, up on Tripod. After the first few "stucks" we noticed the heavy layering of the snow. There were actually chunks/slabs of snow around the stuck machines that could be removed rather than shoveled. Then, there were two heavy snowfalls on top of that. We never really did any highmarking because of the conditions. This can be such a dangerous sport. Please be careful everyone.

    The man who was killed was Jack Loxtercamp. According to his hometown media station KSAX: "It happened before 3 p.m. February 27 near Togwotee Pass in Wyoming on Drag Race Hill. Jack Loxtercamp, 35, was buried by an avalanche in three feet of snow while snowmobiling with a group of ten people." I have never heard the term "Drag Race Hill", but I'm familiar with Grouse Mountain.

    My heart and prayers go out to him and his family.

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    3,178

    Default

    this did not happen on Drag race hill it happen on the hill next to it.....anyone that has been in there with Carter has been told to stay off the hill next to it.....we had a year with low snow few back and we played on said hill that the man lost his life on....here is a video of the hill.....

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    3,178

    Default

    ...

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Itasca, IL
    Posts
    125

    Default

    Thanks for the info and the video. I'm not surprised the media got it wrong. (That's why I used quote marks!) Looks like a natural slide area even in a low snow year. Another reason why an experienced guide who is familiar with the area is an absolute must.

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    IOWA
    Posts
    39

    Default

    We are here at the lodge right now and all I can say is wow. Snow every day which can be a bad thing like today when we couldn't see to get out of woods back to trail to the lodge. Talking up to a foot of snow tonight. I asked the gas station worker about the accident on monday here tonight and found out the person was renting a sled from lodge and was told to stay off that area by the guide. Bad deal no matter what was said or done. Have fun and be safe.

  21. #21

    Default

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We are headed out a week from today and I can tell you I am nervous partly in fact because it is our first time out there.

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Minnetonka MN
    Posts
    395

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by chicagosledder View Post
    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We are headed out a week from today and I can tell you I am nervous partly in fact because it is our first time out there.
    I really hope you enjoy yourself and being nervous is a good thing. Focus that energy into: Listening to your guide, Paying attention to your conditions. Paying attention to others that you are riding with. Keep those three things in mind and you will have the time of your life. Be honest with your guide on your ability and they will not take you out of your comfort zone. I take that back, They will not take you out of your comfort zone until you have shown them that you are ready. Think of it as "They will make you take Baby steps"!!

  23. #23

    Default

    Thanks for the input DOO DR. Believe me I won't stray out of where they feel we should be or where I think I should be. All of my friends who ride and do not ride always ask me if we are going to have a guide, and my response to that is of course we will I would never dream of going out without one. In my opinion the difference could be life and death out there.

  24. #24
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Minnetonka MN
    Posts
    395

    Default

    I've only missed a couple of years since 92' and have had a guide everytime. I know the terrain very well but I don't trust my judgement on the conditions. Only the guys, and gals, that have seen the snow fall/blow/melt through out the season can really understand what can happen under the fresh fluffy stuff. I talked with a guy who was just at Togwotee and he told me they had a couple sleds stuck on a small hill side. Another guy side hilled below the stuck sleds to get up to help dig out and when he stopped the snow cracked down his trench like a fault line in an earth quake. The snow didn't slide but the crack was wide enough that he could have put his boot down inside probably 2'. They dug out the sleds and nothing else moved- Thank God!!!! Have fun!!!!

  25. #25

    Default

    We will thanks again. Maybe we sould wear diapers in case something scares us suddenly, that way we can keep riding.

  26. #26
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    South Central Wisconsin
    Posts
    3,101

    Default

    Just got back from a quick little ride, the snow is goooood. Never got more than a 1/2 mile from the lodge, we come out here to ride on hills with no trees, where do we go first? The trees. LOL.

    By the way, the new RMK RAAAAAWKS!
    Lake Effect Snow, my three favorite words.

  27. #27
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    West Michigans gold coast.
    Posts
    11,065

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Skylar View Post
    Just got back from a quick little ride, the snow is goooood. Never got more than a 1/2 mile from the lodge, we come out here to ride on hills with no trees, where do we go first? The trees. LOL.

    By the way, the new RMK RAAAAAWKS!
    Glad to hear you made it out. We are nearing Sturgis SD. Weather wise looking at some Blue bird sky days coming up. PS the RMKPro is an awsome sled.mess around with the bar location a bit. I tilted mine just a hair back of straight up and was an entire different ride. There is a gauge on left side of bars for adjustments.

  28. #28
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    West Michigans gold coast.
    Posts
    11,065

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Skylar View Post
    Just got back from a quick little ride, the snow is goooood. Never got more than a 1/2 mile from the lodge, we come out here to ride on hills with no trees, where do we go first? The trees. LOL.

    By the way, the new RMK RAAAAAWKS!
    Glad to hear you made it out. We are nearing Sturgis SD. Weather wise looking at some Blue bird sky days coming up. PS the RMKPro is an awsome sled.mess around with the bar location a bit. I tilted mine just a hair back of straight up and was an entire different ride. There is a gauge on left side of bars for adjustments.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

» Adsense

» October 2014

S M T W T F S
282930 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

» Stats

Members: 18,469
Threads: 27,394
Posts: 281,193

» Online Users: 117

4 members and 113 guests
Most users ever online was 533, 01-23-2012 at 02:10 PM.

» Today's Birthdays

None
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.2.1