Monthly Archives: November 2013

Conditions update – Mt. Glory, Teton Pass

Don, Don and Zahan headed up the Glory bootpack today to check out the snowpack in upper elevation north facing slopes.  These slopes – north facing slopes above 9500 are the slopes where the early season snow never melted…it remained on the slope, getting weaker and weaker. Check out the video of the ECT they […]

Conditions Update – Christmas Tree Bowl, Teton Pass

Don and I were up on Teton Pass yesterday. We spent a little time digging in the snow before we enjoyed the 5″ of snow that fell overnight. Check out the pit from mid-elevations:

What happens if you get hurt….thoughts on winter preparedness

The day was unfolding like so many before. A foot of fresh snow in the last 24 hours made for excellent skiing. It was snowing hard with moderate visibility. We had skied two runs and a third sounded good. The shot in mind was similar to the last two. But what looked like a well […]

Conditions update – Avalanche Bowl, Teton Pass

Christian and I were curious about how the base of the snowpack was looking in Avalanche Bowl, so dug two quick pits in that area.  The first pit was about 70 meters to skiers right of the ‘summit’ of Avalanche Bowl. This area is generally one of the weakest areas around (due to surface hoar […]

Knocking off the Rust Part 3

Knocking off the Rust Part III – the Animal Within “An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field”  – Niels Bohr You’ve checked your gear, practiced with the beacon a few times, dusted up on your stability tests and finally the first real storms are […]

Early season touring – conditions report

Christian Santelices and I struck out for the first turns of the season on November 4, and had a look at the snowpack on the way.  As usual, Grand Targhee has the best early-season coverage in the Southern Tetons (below 10,000’ at least) so off we went for a morning tour.  We ran into Joe […]

Snow Pit from Grand Targhee – Nov. 6

Here is a snow pit from yesterday at Grand Targhee. It’s worth comparing this pit with the pit in our previous post. During the tour, Don and Christian experienced collapsing and shooting cracks. There was propagation on an extended column test 15 cm up, on 2 mm facets. Stay safe out there!