Home » State of Wyoming »Teton County »Teton Valley »Town of Jackson » Currently Reading:

Rules of the frontcountry

February 7, 2012 State of Wyoming, Teton County, Teton Valley, Town of Jackson No Comments
Taylor Mountain before it slid Tuesday. Courtesy Trina.

On his blog for Friends of Pathways, Jay Pistono acknowledged how the recent avalanche on Mt. Taylor has sparked a mountain of dialogue on snow and slope safety etiquette. Pistono said this discussion has revealed that  several areas in and around Jackson and Teton Pass can now be considered what the Forest Service refers to as “frontcountry” and that these areas requires us to rearrange our traditional backcountry mentality and actions.

Frontcountry, Pistono explained, is a true wild backcountry area that’s constantly frequented because of its accessibility and proximity to populated areas.

Pistono says that while active testing, such as ski cutting and cornice chopping, are extremely useful he warns that before performing such tests in the frontcountry, you should consider other resources first, such as staying abreast on the Bridger Teton avalanche report; digging your own pit to become familiar with snowpack layers; paying attention to results from any recent gas-ex events and staying aware of temperature swings. Pistono said other useful hints include how quickly tracks are filling in; how much snow is on and around trees and effects of wind events on terrain.

Pistono also recommends that if you are going to ski cut a slope, be certain no one is below you, ensure there’s a visible run out path, don’t test on slopes where there is a road below, look for small testing areas instead of big ones, and finally, if you’re adamant about needing to test a slope, consider skiing something different altogether. – Robyn Vincent

Comment on this Article:

LOST CREEK RANCH AND SPA WEBCAM

Quake List

Archive

Weather Alerts

Wyoming News

  • Goose hunters will always have a Halloween costume - October 31, 2014
    Thank goodness for non-hunting spouses. If it weren’t for our better halves, most of us who hunt would be completely unprepared for fall holidays. Halloween is certainly one of the days that would be far less exciting if there weren’t people in our households who think about other things besides late-season deer, ducks, geese, pheasants […]
  • Cool With Mainly Quiet Weather Conditions Today - October 30, 2014
    Weather concerns across the state will be very minimal today.  Expect sunny to mostly sunny skies, mainly dry weather conditions, and light to breezy winds.  Temperatures will be a touch cooler today due to a weak cool front that will be brushing by northern and eastern parts of the state.  Daytime highs will be in […]
  • Be ready for bumps, scrapes, cuts and more - October 30, 2014
    Being prepared for the worst is never a bad idea. However, if you carry everything you might need for any emergency, you won’t have room for your tent or sleeping bag. A first aid kit needs to be light and compact, or it’ll be one of the first things you toss out of the pack […]
  • Cowboy Running Back Ready For His New Role [AUDIO] - October 29, 2014
    Wyoming freshman running back Brian Hill figured he would get some carries this season.  And in week one, Hill was able to put in a couple of key runs in a win over Montana.  But for the most part, it’s been spot time for the first-year Cowboys.  But, with injuries to D.J. May and now […]

National and World News

The Latest RSS Items

  • No items found in feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/StefaniasBlog?format=xml. You requested 5 items.
  • powered by RSS Just Better 1.3 plugin