The debris field from an early season slide in Colorado. CAIC photo.
There has been substantial snowfall throughout the western US over the past week, contributing to what has been a strong 2018/2019 early season. While few resorts are open, many skiers have been enjoying high-elevation backcountry lines in the Rockies. In the interest of encouraging safe enjoyment of said lines, we’ve put together a roundup of avalanche conditions in the Northern and Central Rockies:
There are no current avalanche advisories in Montana, but slides have been observed in the Bridgers and at Big Sky.
This naturally-triggered avalanche occurred at Big Sky on Friday, Nov. 2. Luckily, no one was in the area. Big Sky Resort photo.
Jackson Hole is the only area in the country with active avalanche advisories. The Teton, Togwotee Pass, and Grey’s River areas all have low-risk advisories based on wind-slabbing on northern and eastern aspects.
Bridger Teton Avalanche Center graphic.
The only avy-related injuries this season have been in Colorado’s high alpine. A skier was caught and partially buried by a slide on Friday, Nov. 2 near Hoosier Pass. Luckily, he was uninjured and was able to self-rescue.
The slide which left a skier partially buried near Hoosier Pass. CAIC photo.
There were two incidents in October, including one in which a hiker was swept off a cliff by an avalanche on South Arapaho Peak, near Boulder. While the October events were likely due to residual snow from last season, they indicate a potentially unstable snowpack rendered even more hazardous by recent snowfall.
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Remember the fissure in Grand Teton National Park that broke the internet a few months ago? Well, it actually broke. Grand Teton Park officials have been monitoring the crack since discovering it roughly four months ago, and according to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, it recently calved. The fissure became a media sensation after closing a popular overlook on the west side of Jenny Lake. A variety of media outlets scooped up the story and linked it back to our favorite scapegoat: the
For the second time in as many days, Teton County Search and Rescue responded to a call from an injured skier Saturday afternoon, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The 36-year-old managed to get his “ski tips [stuck] in the snow, and hit his head and crashed pretty hard,” said Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr who also mentioned that the man was “complaining of a head injury and some pain in his spinal area.” The patient was retrieved via helicopter, transferred to an ambulance and
The Northeast has been slammed with winter weather over the past few weeks, with snow accumulations outstripping many areas in the West. Not only that, but there’s a lot more in the forecast. Related: Meet FWT Rider and Atomic Athlete Griff Dunne The early season has been shaping up spectacularly, and folks have been taking full advantage. Take a look at some of the highlights coming out of Vermont and Quebec: Related: Teton SAR Make Their Second Rescue of the Season