For many parts of the West, this years snowpack has been unstable, unpredictable, and at times, just downright scary. A pretty heavy snowfall in November followed by a bit of a drought created a weak layer here in the Tetons. As snowboarder Travis Rice puts it, when you're riding in bounds, you can get a false sense of security when you're able to ride wherever, not to mention ski patrol having your back. But stepping into the backcountry is a whole different animal. With similarly unstable snowpacks affecting Montana, Utah, and Colorado as well, Rice encourages people to play it safe, and have a good time inbounds or make conservative choices while riding the backcountry. Those inviting, untracked, steep faces? Not actually a great idea right now.
A man was killed in an avalanche on Monday in Grand Teton National Park on the north side of 25 Short. National Park Rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue officials were called to the avalanche which occurred in the Broken Thumb Couloir. Avalanche danger was reported as Considerable, with concern about persistent slabs and wind slabs. The victim was identified as Matthew Brien, a 33-year-old local snowboarder. This is the third avalanche death in the Tetons in the last seven days,
For the better part of 2021, ski patrollers at several large ski resorts in the Western US have made headlines as they negotiate their contracts to reflect the dedication they put into their jobs. For those of us that ski at a resort regularly, or even have at all in our lifetimes, we know that ski patrol is an essential part of not just staying safe, but also having a good time on the mountain. This season especially, it’s felt like ski patrollers could use a little extra love as they’ve
Last Thursday was a day for the history books, with yet another edition of Kings and Queens of Corbet’s going down at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The venue? None other than Corbet’s Couloir right under the top of Big Red. The athletes? 26 heavy-hitting skiers and snowboarders hungry for the title and ready to absolutely throw down. Lucky for them, the Tetons have been going through one of the most epic storm cycles in history, transforming Corbet’s into the ultimate playground for