WILSON, Wyo. — Three avalanches were reported near Teton Pass since Dec. 28, according to Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center.
No one was caught in any of the recent slides.
The first occurred at about 1 p.m. on Dec. 28 on a north-facing chute above Ski Lake, west of Phillips Ridge at an elevation of about 9,129 feet on a slope angle between 36-40 degrees.
According to the event report on Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center’s website, a skier triggered the avalanche after stomping three hard times. The crown cracked two feet below the skier. The avalanche went to the dirt and the earliest snow layer propagated across the chute beside it. “Stay away from chicken scratch and the like. These chutes are about the same elevation,” said the observer note.
A second slide was reported at 5 p.m. on Dec. 28 on the south side of Teton Pass on a northeast aspect near Mount Elly. The soft-slab avalanche was naturally triggered at an elevation of 8,196 on a 31-35 degree aspect.
Another avalanche was reported yesterday, Dec. 29 on a northeast-facing aspect off of Mount Glory. The path of the slide is skiers right of Chicken Scratch. The avalanche is thought to be naturally triggered but the observer noted that it could have been remotely triggered by a skier on the northeast ridge of Glory. “Likely went 12/29 or overnight considering amount of fresh snow on debris,” states the observer note. The crown is about 3 to 3.5 feet deep.
Today, Dec. 30, Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center rated the avalanche danger at considerable at high elevations(9,000-10,500 feet), moderate at mid-elevations (7,500-9,000 feet) and low at low elevations9 6,000-7,500 feet). The avalanche problems in the Teton Range continue to be the persistent weak slab and the wind slabs.
The full snow and weather report by Buckrail Meteorologist Alan Smith can be found here.