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Early-Season Avy Cycle Hits the Tetons

Editor's Note: TGR understands the inherent risks with skiing and snowboarding and urges anyone going out to have the proper knowledge, equipment, a partner, and a plan. For more information on how to stay safe while enjoying winter sports, check out TGR’s annual Safety Week series.

I think there's a line in there somewhere... BTAC photo.

Jackson was quite warm and dry until the week of Thanksgiving, which made for easy driving and at least half-decent biking long past the date when the Tetons normally enter their 'Winter Wonderland' phase. However, in a classic turn of events, a storm hit right as Thanksgiving travel got into swing, screwing up countless flights and road trips. At higher elevations, the storm dropped a couple feet of snow onto a shallow, heavily-faceted layer, resulting in some seriously unstable avalanche conditions. 

RELATED: Early-Season Avy Kills Two in Austria

That wasn't enough to stop Jackson's powder-deprived shredders from heading up Teton Pass in search of the season's first face shots, though, which predictably led to several skier/rider-triggered slides in the area. Three slides were triggered in the Thanksgiving Bowl/Christmas Tree Bowl area, and two were triggered in the Mt. Elly area.

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For up-to-date information on avalanche danger and events, check the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center's daily reports here.

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