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12.06.10 Testing The Snowpack

By Chris D. 2 comments

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We've been very fortunate in the Rocky Mountain West this year, already amassing a snowpack of over 140 inches for the season. While this has made for some epic early season turns, the sheer amount of snowfall has resulted in several skier-triggered avalanches—notably several on Teton Pass, covering the road.

Despite what could be a nasty looking early-season snowpack, all reports have indicated the white stuff has stacked up with relatively good stability. Not just relying on Avy Center reports, my buddy Ty and I set up Shadow Mountain in Grand Teton National Park to find some 9,000+ ft undisturbed snow for a proper snow pit accessment. Good news skiers - our tests confirmed that the Teton snowpack is looking pretty damn good right now. We definitely did find a few weeknesses (~2ft deep), but it took a LOT of manipulation to make anything move.

PLEASE NOTE - although we found good conditions where we skied, doesn't mean that a different slope on a different aspect couldn't be dangerous. Take our example, dig your own pit and make your own decisions every time you step out of the gates (or even off the Tram for that matter!)

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2 comments Comments are closed.

  • Ty Cook said on December 8, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Could be the year to go big on the rare stuff. Base looks GOOD!

  • Ty Cook said on December 8, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Oh yeah, please dont post anymore pics of me actually skiing. I look better digging pits.