News from Jackson Hole Radio December 30, 2020

Dangerous Avalanche Conditions

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Dangerous avalanche conditions continue in the Teton area at the mid and upper elevations. Avalanche problems include both wind slabs formed during the past weekend’s storm and persistent slabs that involve deep weak layers that were buried earlier in the month. These older slabs, if triggered, can be quite large and carry severe consequences. On Monday, a snowboarder in the area of Whimpy’s Chute north of Teton Village was caught when an east facing slope at an elevation of 8300 feet failed near the ground. He was carried down the path and partially buried, but suffered no injury in the mishap. Smaller slides were also triggered yesterday; some of them human-caused.