The storm that’s bringing snow to western Wyoming is also increasing the risk of avalanches.The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center says heavy snowfall and high winds mean that naturally occurring avalanches are likely at high elevations. The center’s Bob Comey says human activity could easily trigger avalanches at lower elevations, too.He says skiers and snowmobilers should bring avalanche safety equipment and take courses to learn how to recognize the dangers.“Avalanche terrain is somewhat fickle,” Comey said. “There’s times when you can be in there and it’s ok, and there’s other times when it’s very dangerous. … You need to learn how to do your own assessment and analysis of the conditions and know when not to be there.”Comey says the avalanche risk should decrease by Wednesday, after the storm subsides.
The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center has raised the risk of avalanches to “considerable” for areas above 9,000 feet.
The Center’s Mike Rheam says that means naturally occurring avalanches are possible, and human-triggered avalanches are likely. Rheam says there’s a two-foot slab of new snow at high elevations in western Wyoming, which could give way easily.