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Conditions Update – Teton Pass area

        Take a look at these graphics: The top chart is from Bruce Tremper’s Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain.   The top chart shows the timeline of stabilization after a storm event on different weak layers.  Storm snow instabilities tend to stabilize quickly after the storm and slabs on persistent weak layer take […]

Happy new year! Here’s an update from the Wasatch

Happy new year! Jake Hutchinson went out ski touring yesterday and here is what he found: Wasatch Snowpack Video Be safe out there this year!

Ride Safe – avalanche education for Jackson’s youth

The Steve Romeo Memorial Fund is striving to make avalanche education available for youth ages 10-18.  The American Avalanche Institute and the Jackson Hole Ski Club are thrilled to be hosting the Ride Safe program at Snow King Mountain.  FREE avalanche education for the youth of Jackson Hole!! The program will take place December 27-28, […]

Ski Tour in Mail Cabin, Teton Pass

Yesterday’s tour from 7200′ to 8900′  showed just how much variability there was at the mid-elevations. Shady slopes skied very well with boot top facets hissing and sluffing when it got steeper. By and large all slopes were currently stable, but there was a lot of weak snow around waiting for a load (in some cases […]

Conditions Update – Little Cottonwood Canyon

With recent loading on a weak surface, the snowpack is primed for skier triggered avalanches. Our Level 2 course was in Grizzly Gulch when they heard a yell and headed over to check it out. They came upon this crown – SS-ASu-D2-O.  The avalanche was 14-18″ deep, 125 feet wide, and ran 150 feet to […]

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: