Winter storm poses substantial avalanche risk

Jan 10, 2014

The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center has issued an avalanche watch for the Teton, Gros Ventre, Salt River, and Wyoming ranges.

Credit Bridger Teton Avalanche Center

The western mountains got more than a foot of snow yesterday, and two more feet are expected over the weekend.

Bob Comey with the Avalanche Center says that could make for very dangerous avalanche conditions.

“The hazard could get so high here, with this storm, that we could put out the recommendation that back-country travel is not recommended,” Comey said.

The risk for avalanches in most areas of the western mountains is currently “considerable,” meaning that natural avalanches are possible, and human-triggered avalanches are likely.