Teton Range, WY Report: 3 Fast, Crazy Fun Chutes in Great Snow & Face-Shots

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Report from February 12, 2021

We strolled around in the Tetons today.

We skied 3 chutes as fast as we could in soft snow.

It snowed 6″ last night and it was dense snow that kept us up off the firmer snow underneath.

Kinda like Tahoe snow.

Aaron Fox forming. image: snowbrains

It was exquisite.

We skied fast and got some amazing speed-check-turn-face-shots.

Too fun.

After 3 chutes we were tired and headed home saving a little energy for the rest of this storm cycle.

Aaron Fox face shots. image: snowbrains

We did see some signs of instability out there today.

  • Mini loose snow avalanches – 4’x8′
  • Hand pits showed sensitive wind deposited soft slabs in isolated higher elevation, exposed spots that were about 4-6″ deep.

Ski cuts didn’t produce anything on all 3 of our runs.

Avalanche Forecast:

image: JHavalnache.org, 2/12/21

Weather Forecast:

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Riverton WY
337 PM MST Fri Feb 12 2021

...Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories for far
Western Wyoming thru Saturday Evening...

.Another quick moving storm system will bring another round of
snow to the west and southwest late tonight through Saturday
evening.

Teton and Gros Ventre Mountains-

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST
SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Periods of Snow. The heavier snow is expected to occur
  late tonight through Saturday afternoon. New snow accumulations
  of 6 to 12 inches with locally higher amounts possible.

* WHERE...Teton and Gros Ventre Mountains.

* WHEN...Until 11 PM MST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be hazardous at times. These conditions
  will impact commutes, especially over Teton and Togwotee
  Passes.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Those planning outdoor activities should
  be prepared for adverse winter weather. Periods of whiteout
  conditions will be likely in the backcountry and
  disorientation will be possible.
image: noaa, 2/12/21

Photo:

Aaron Fox amongst it. image: snowbrains

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