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Two slides triggered on Mt. Glory above WY-22 near the top of Teton Pass have closed the highway between Wilson and the Idaho State Line. The first slide came down from Glory Bowl at around 12:25PM, according to the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center, and deposited two to three feet of snow across roughly 100 feet of highway. A delivery truck was caught in the slide, but both it and its driver are fine.
The second slide happened about an hour later in the Twin Slides zone, and left up to ten feet of snow over a smaller portion of highway. It is unclear what triggered the slides, and no skiers or snowboarders were caught. WYDOT and Highway Patrol have been trying to clear cars from the top of the pass so they can begin avalanche mitigation work, but expect the pass to remain closed all day and into the night.
At approximately 10:30AM PST this morning, January 17th, 2020, an avalanche occurred near the Subway run at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe, CA. The Placer County Sheriff's Office has announced that one man was killed in the slide, and another was seriously injured. RELATED: Watch a Massive Skier-Triggered Slide on Taylor MountainSearch has been stopped. We believe all victims have been recovered at #AlpineMeadows. pic.twitter.com/gZCBSj8iu2 — Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff)
Last weekend, Hawaii's first (and possibly only) snowfall of the year dropped around two feet of snow atop the Big Island's tallest volcano, Mauna Kea. The snow, which was blown into drifts up to eight feet tall in places, closed public access to the summit, which is normally accessible by road. RELATED: Jackson Hole Smashes January Snowfall Records Luckily, the road has been cleared, and the summit is again open to the public. Those planning on heading up should be aware, however,
Oahu might be the location of a new wake pool park and attraction center like this one. Wikipedia photo. Brian Keaulana, a legend of Hawaiian big wave lore, is looking into developing a 19-acre plot on the western side of Oahu for a new wave pool and surf park. The announcement comes after the Hawaiian Community Development Authority authorized exploration for the project, which would be called the Honokea Surf Village. RELATED: Watch Glacial Surfing in Alaska The development’s wave