WPR News
8:52 pm
Mon November 21, 2005

Avalanche Season Is Here

Jackson, Wy – The best way to live through an Avalanche is to avoid it altogether. The senior guide for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides is Lynn Wolfe. Wolfe says proper training will help everyone properly size up terrain and identify areas that could be at risk for an avalanche. She says checking with official sources before heading into the backcountry is also important. But things can still go wrong. Wolfe says an avalanche moves quickly, so try and get off to the side of it, but if you get caught, try and swim to the top. Wolfe says having a shovel and a working avalanche beacon is also important. Since 1999 there have been 18 avalanche deaths in Wyoming. Wolfe says the state has already entered the avalanche season and people need to be careful.