Avalanche danger increases

Avalanche Danger Increasing

As the weather warms, the danger of avalanches in the high country is increasing. According to the Bridger Teton National Forest Avalanche Center, new snow and wind Tuesday helped to form wind slabs that were sensitive to human triggers above 8,000 feet.

Pockets of wind slab were easy to trigger on steep wind loaded terrain features and were less than a foot in depth.

The other avalanche problem that exists is a persistent slab problem. Weak snow that formed during an extended dry spell in January and February has become reactive. In terrain above 8,000 feet on all aspects other than South, avalanches have been triggered.

The majority of activity has been in the Southwest Trails with several large avalanches in the Tetons. Togwotee Pass has received less snow in the month of March and has not seen as much activity as a result.

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