Nambe' Chutes?

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Nambe' Chutes?

Postby Nuro305 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:15 am

Hey Folks!

Nice to be back in the ski-groove... Anyone been in the Nambe Chutes bowl this weekend?

I was thinking of hitting it on the 31st if the snow had bonded, but I'm worried about the wind loading now...

Thoughts?
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Friday

Postby JohnS » Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:39 pm

I'm heading up on Friday if you're free. The Chutes should be in good shape. They are on the wind ward side so shouldn't be much loading... Of course haven't been up there yet so don't know for sure. Most of the loading happens in the Water Shed side of Deception peak. This will be a good week to check them out with this period of no new snow.
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Postby Nuro305 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:17 pm

Excellent,

I'll see if I can actually get all my work done and post or email a "Fer Sure" Tuesday during the day. Then we can coordinate ;-)


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Postby Brian » Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:17 pm

Here are some pics from yesterday, 12/28 :
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Postby anon » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:19 am

just because a slope isn't windloaded doesn't mean it's not dangerous. we've certainly had enough wind to form slabs on cross-loaded slopes too.

but what the fuck do I know? have fun!


anyone have any pit data from this winter in the Nambes?
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nambe

Postby JohnS » Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:42 am

No balls of steel.... but willing to dig some pits and do some evaluation. Matt has probably already been in there and grabbed all the powder though!

Great Photos....!

If anyone else is interested for Friday feel free. We can take a good look around.
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Postby Nuro305 » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:01 pm

Ok, glad to see some interest.. and great pics! however reality has set in and there's no way I can get all my work done today.....

I am however all clear and "Fer Sure" for Friday the 2nd. So. I'll be going up leaving in the AM from Albuquerque. I"m not sure I can car pool because the family will probably be in SF Via the train and will need a ride back in the evening. Sorry for the false alarm on Wed. but duty calls.

As far as the "Ball of Steel" goes, I never have a problem checking out a bowl then not getting to ski it because I want to live to see my kids grow up. For me, a day spent skinning and looking for powder stashes in the woods with a bit of lunch and a sip of brandy on a ridge is a fantastic day no matter how you slice it ;-)

Sounds like we have team members available for Friday. What time to meet in the SF ski area lot... how bout around 9:30 ?
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nambe

Postby JohnS » Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:18 pm

Nuro, send me an email and we can work out the details.
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Nambe Chutes

Postby JohnS » Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:47 pm

Nambe Chutes Report for the "Boot Out Chute/Styx" Friday, January 2, 2009.

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Paul aka "Nuro" and I skied the Nambe Chutes NNW facing chutes today. 54cm Snow Pack was very stable. Snow Pack at the top of the chute we skiied has a top layer of 52cm with very firm snow sitting on 2cm of sugar. The entire 52cm layer feel very solid and consistant throughout. No signs of cracking or fractures on this chute.

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Performed a isolated column test. Column did not see fractures until hit 28. Was slamming the shovel as hard as i could from 20 - 28 with fist to get the fracture at 45 cm from the bottom up. The entire column felt very stable.
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Skied this chute first. Very interesting with the windblown textures. Just a few inches of powder on hard pack. Very similar conditions as last year.
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This second chute is west of the Boot Out Chute. Paul having a good time.

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Good day in the Nambe!
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Of course conditions will change with this comming storm on Sunday. Will be interesting to see how it lays on top of this firm/solid layer.
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Re: Nambe Chutes

Postby Bob » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:00 pm

'Balls of Steel' JohnS wrote:...Very interesting with the windblown textures. Just a few inches of powder on hard pack. Very similar conditions as last year.
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Heh. "Very interesting" indeed.

Great post. Thanks!
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Postby anon » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:45 pm

thanks for the info!
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21 Jan

Postby Kerry » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:59 pm

Sorry for late post, but if you're looking for partners to ski Nambe in the morning, 2 of us will park in the upper SFSB lot around 8:20 am and head to Nambe. Look for either a white 4-door F-350 with shell or a small (Nissan?) blue pickup. (If you want to hitch a ride from Abq, meet NE corner of Lowe's lot on Paseo at 7 am. Call in morning to link up, 463-8434.
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Postby Bob » Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:20 pm

Marc Beverley (Thanks Mark!) put up a Snow Report for the Nambé. Note that the date was actually 1/20/09, not 1/1/09, but I lack the web skillz to correct it:
http://www.nnmae.org/cgi-bin/sprec.cgi?sprecid=107
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Postby mark » Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:18 am

Bob wrote:Marc Beverley (Thanks Mark!) put up a Snow Report for the Nambé. Note that the date was actually 1/20/09, not 1/1/09, but I lack the web skillz to correct it:
http://www.nnmae.org/cgi-bin/sprec.cgi?sprecid=107


Fixed.

All you had to do was ask :D
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Postby mark » Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:20 am

this
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Is an awesome picture. Nice job.
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