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Thu January 8, 2004
Avalanche Danger Moderate After Huge Storms
Laramie, Wy – Nearly eight feet of snow have fallen on the Teton Mountains since Christmas.
The Bridger Teton National Forest's Avalanche Forecaster, Bob Comey, says all of that snow has not made the backcountry especially dangerous. He says the risk of avalanche is moderate, meaning there is some unstable snow, but there is no weak layer of snow, which makes conditions unpredictable.
During the last few winters Comey says there has been a bad layer of snow. He says because of that a small mistake could lead to severe consequences.
Comey says if a person is knowledgeable and cautious they should be able to snowmobile or ski safely in the backcountry right now.
So far in Wyoming this winter no one has died in an avalanche. 15 people died during the three previous seasons.