News from Jackson Hole Radio February 16, 2021

Avalanche Forecasters Warn Region

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Avalanche forecasters are warning of potentially dangerous avalanches in parts of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

The Bridger Teton Avalanche Center reports high avalanche danger in the Southwest Trails and Grey’s River area in southwestern Wyoming and remind people to be careful and follow backcountry safety.

The Avalanche Center warns snow immersion is a significant hazard in the backcountry today. They advise recreationists to travel with a partner and always keep them in sight. Travel is not recommended in the area of any slope 30 degrees or steeper.

Over the weekend, a skier near Big Sky Montana was caught in an avalanche, and even though he was not completely buried, he died of injuries that he suffered in the incident.

While the general avalanche hazard is expected to be moderate in the Teton area where small to large slab avalanches could be human triggered on steep avalanche-prone slopes, the danger should still be taken seriously.

The Avalanche Center advises, these slab avalanches could be 2 to 4 feet deep and could be large enough to seriously injure or kill a person.