In what may be an unprecedented first, officials at Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) have requested that Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY immediately close backcountry gates exiting the resort into GTNP.
NOAA has issued an Avalanche Warning for the Jackson Hole area.
* AVALANCHE DANGER...STRONG WINDS, HEAVY SNOWFALL AND WARMING TEMPERATURES HAVE CREATED VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS AND INCREASED THE GENERAL AVALANCHE HAZARD TO HIGH. * REASON/IMPACTS...LARGE TO VERY LARGE AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY TO RELEASE NATURALLY ON A VARIETY OF ASPECTS. WIDESPREAD NATURAL AVALANCHE ACTIVITY IS POSSIBLE. - NOAA, today
Citing staff being deployed elsewhere, high avalanche danger, the potential risk to rescuers, and the upcoming forecast, the Superintendent of GTNP has taken the step to protect the safety of all involved.
The gates that leave Jackson Hole and enter GTNP access a zone called Granite Canyon that is big, steep, full of terrain traps, and is no place to go when avalanche danger is high.
Due to park staff involvement in current road closure and winter storm-related incidents within the park, elevated avalanche danger, potential risk to rescuers, and forecasted weather, the superintendent of Grand Teton National Park has requested an emergency closure of the gates that access Grand Teton National Park from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort until further notice. Thanks to the Resort for their cooperation and to backcountry recreationists for respecting the closure. Please stay safe!
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has received a huge 434″ of snow already this season, resulting in their deepest February ever. Over this weekend alone, almost 3-feet fell on the area, culminating in this rare request to close the gates.
Please heed this request, and warning, and play safe out there.
Avalanche Warning for Jackson Hole
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK-ABSAROKA MOUNTAINS- TETON AND GROS VENTRE MOUNTAINS-JACKSON HOLE- SALT RIVER AND WYOMING RANGES- BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED AVALANCHE WARNING BRIDGER-TETON NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY 554 AM MST TUE FEB 26 2019 THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE BRIDGER-TETON NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER. THE BRIDGER TETON AVALANCHE CENTER IN JACKSON HAS ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS: TETON AND GROS VENTRE RANGES, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, THE ABSAROKA RANGE, JACKSON HOLE, AND THE SALT RIVER AND WYOMING RANGES. * TIMING...IN EFFECT FROM 600 AM MST TODAY UNTIL 600 AM MST WEDNESDAY. * AFFECTED AREA...THE TETON AND GROS VENTRE RANGES, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, TOGWOTEE PASS AREA, SALT RIVER RANGE, WYOMING RANGE, SNAKE RIVER RANGE, AND JACKSON HOLE. * AVALANCHE DANGER...STRONG WINDS, HEAVY SNOWFALL AND WARMING TEMPERATURES HAVE CREATED VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS AND INCREASED THE GENERAL AVALANCHE HAZARD TO HIGH. * REASON/IMPACTS...LARGE TO VERY LARGE AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY TO RELEASE NATURALLY ON A VARIETY OF ASPECTS. WIDESPREAD NATURAL AVALANCHE ACTIVITY IS POSSIBLE. * PRECAUTIONARY / PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED. AVALANCHES MAY RUN LONG DISTANCES AND COULD RUN INTO MATURE FOREST, VALLEY FLOORS AND FLAT TERRAIN. ROADWAYS MAY BE IMPACTED ON TETON PASS, AND IN THE SNAKE RIVER, AND HOBACK RIVER CANYONS. CONSULT HTTP://JHAVALANCHE.ORG/ OR WWW.AVALANCHE.ORG FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. SIMILAR AVALANCHE DANGER MAY EXIST AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE COVERAGE AREA OF THIS OR ANY AVALANCHE CENTER.