Category Don Sharaf

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 – 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 – 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 […]

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!

Snow Climates and Stability – Can they be easily compared?

Recently we had a question from one of our former students whether there was any published information about avalanche climates and which one was the most unstable, or how they might compare to one another from a stability standpoint.  The easy answer is that, to my knowledge, there are no studies that address this question […]