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Large Weekend Avalanches Here But No Casualties

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Multiple avalanches and several close calls dominated the back country around Jackson Hole this weekend.  The Bridger Teton National Forest Avalanche Center says rain and warm temperatures at the lower elevations created unstable conditions. They also quickly pointed out that roof slides were common.  Numerous slides in the back country were naturally triggered while a few others others were skier triggered.  One that was triggered during avalanche control Saturday actually caught a ski patroller who managed to escape without becoming buried.  Another reportedly caught one man in a group and buried him up to his neck.  Yet one of several that ran Sunday ran well over ½ mile and deposited covered  Granite Creek Road below with over 15 feet of snow.  Slides during the day were described by the avalanche center as very large.  Highways that were closed in and out of the valley for a time yesterday are reopened again today.  Meanwhile, it is hoped today’s colder temperatures will lessen the avalanche danger some.

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