“Yesterday, there was a second hand report of an unintentionally skier initiated cornice failure along the ridge above Little Tuckerman’s [see map above] on Teton Pass. The cornice drop triggered a slide, and the skier was caught and carried, but luckily not buried or injured.” – Bridger Teton Avalanche Center, today
There were more avalanches yesterday, some of them large:
“Very strong southwesterly to westerly ridgetop along with sustained snowfall over the past several days have formed dense wind slabs in leeward terrain. Yesterday, a large slab avalanche released naturally in Granite Canyon to the north of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This slide occurred on a north facing aspect at an elevation of 8,700 feet and had a crown depth around four feet. In steep, wind-loaded terrain above 8,000 feet, skiers and riders could trigger similar slides ranging in depth from one to four feet.”- Bridger Teton Avalanche Center, today
Avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE in the Tetons today. Considerable is the avalanche danger rating the most people die under.
Please be safe out there today and keep an eye on the warming temps.
“At the mid and upper elevations, backcountry travelers could trigger large to very large wind slabs in steep, avalanche-prone terrain. As the day progresses, abundant sunshine and warming temperatures will increase the likelihood of triggering these slides and bring about the chance for shallow wet slides. Warming temperatures will also increase the likelihood of cornice failures along high elevation ridgelines. Snow surfaces froze overnight at the lower elevations, and avalanche activity will be unlikely until surface crusts break down.” – Bridger Teton Avalanche Center, today