Teton Range, WY Report: Pillow Poppin’ Deepness…

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Report from February 15, 2021

Today was one of the deepest days we’ve ever skied in the Tetons.

It’s was ridiculous, hilarious, funny, and righteous.

We had so much fun – we laughed a lot.

Mini cornice. image: snowbrains

Most if not all of the day felt surreal – like a daydream.

A long, disorienting daydream.

You know it’s deep when you’re trying to avoid face-shots because you just want to be able to see where you’re going.

Layers. image: snowbrains

We skied 1 big chute then popped and bopped around off pillows and rollers as we bobbed and weaved through trees.

The Tetons have seen about 20-30″ of snow in the past few days.

Yesterday and today were cold and the snow was dry.

Fox drop. image: snowbrains

Tomorrow should be pretty wild and should be pretty high avalanche danger.

We saw a lot of instability in the snow out there today.

We ski cut some 6″ deep very small avalanches around 9,000′ today.

We triggered some 12″ deep isolated mini-avalanches on the downhill side of some pillows down lower around 6,500′.

We saw one small natural avalanche down around 6,500′ on very steep terrain.

Snow was sluffing off small steep slopes down around 6,500′.

Vistas. image: snowbrains

The mountain was telling us to leave and so we did – with big smiles on our faces.

Our guess is that the mountains will be very unstable tomorrow.

Please be extra careful out there this week.

3 people died in avalanches in the USA yesterday, 1 person died of likely snow immersion at Jackson Hole ski resort yesterday, and the past 16-days have been the deadliest in US history in the USA with 19 avalanche deaths.

Fox ready to rock this morning. image: snowbrains

Avalanche Forecast:

image: JHavalanche.org, 2/15/21

Weather Forecast:

image: noaa, 2/15/21

 


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